How I made Osh­iom­hole gover­nor- Ize-Iyamu

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

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.

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