Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State in the September 2016 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Sunday, asked the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, to stop the blame game over the state of affairs in the state.
Ize-Iyamu, who said this in a press statement made available by his media organisation in Abuja, said the electorate in Edo State, had grown wiser beyond the level of being bought.
Ize Iyamu said the time had passed when politicians would win elections through financial inducement, adding that the electorate was ready to reject and punish such politicians.
The Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, in a press statement said it was malicious and spiteful to blame Ize-Iyamu for the mistakes of the past administrations, including those of Oshimhole.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the APC in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his commitment to his promise to create 200,000 jobs if elected into office in the September 10 election.
The APC candidate also praised the achievement of incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole, adding that more still needed to be done in the state, especially in terms of job and wealth creation.
Speaking at a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Afuze, Owan East Local Government Area, at weekend, Oshiomhole said the nation was presently in an economic recession because the past PDP government looted the treasury dry.
“We have focused on education, infrastructure, health and water provision. Yes, we will continue to do so, but I will now make sure that we focus on human development. We want to focus on job creation and we will create 200,000 jobs for our people.
“We will not only create jobs in agriculture, we will also from mining. We are attracting a lot of mining companies into Owan East. They are over 25 mining licenses in Owan East and are talking with the Minister for Solid Minerals to ensure we get investors to this place,” he said.
Also, in a related development, a 75-year-old man, Joseph Ogbele, at the weekend, caused a stir during the governorship campaign of the PDP in Aduwawa area of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state, as he wept profusely over what he described as the non-payment of his 14-month pension arrears by the state government.
Ogbele after the introduction of himself to the crowd,was about telling his story when he burst into tears and wept uncontrollably.
When he finally spoke, he said, “I worked in the Ministry of Works for 35 years, and when I retired, Oshiomhole refused to pay me anything. My children are suffering. Many of them are out of school because I cannot pay their school fees. We have borrowed money from everywhere and nobody wants to loan us money again.”