How I made Oshiomhole governor- Ize-Iyamu
The governorship candidate of the PDP in Edo State, Pastor Osagie IzeIyamu, has said Governor Adams Oshiomhole begged him and few others before they threw their weight behind him to win the 2007 elections.
Ize-Iyamu said this at the weekend, during the Edo North Senatorial District campaign rally, held at Auchi, the headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area.
“In 2007, when Oshiomhole wanted to contest the governorship election, he went to the PDP but was not accepted. From there, he went to the ANPP and then to the Labour Party (LP). And from LP, he came to us and said ‘please help me so that I can become the first governor of Edo State from the Edo North’, and we said we would help him,” IzeIyamu said.
He said Oshiomhole did not give them a dime before he became governor of Edo State, adding that he and other members of the party mobilised funds and the people to support his ambition.
“On election day, at about 10am, Oshiomhole called me that he was no longer contesting because rigging was too much in Edo North, and that he was over powered.
“He said he was coming to Benin to address a press conference but I assured him that we would fight the battle, and we fought for him to become the governor,” he said.
Ize-Iyamu, however, alleged that after eight years in office, the Oshiomhole government did not reach out to Edo North, which according to him had no functional hospital, roads and water.
He therefore urged the electorate to vote for him so as to get real change.