The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has said the people of the state will compel Governor Adams Oshiomhole to hand over to him in November against his wish, because they are desirous to change the ‘change’ that has brought misery, suffering, hike in fuel, food prices, obnoxious taxes and levies, and worst of all, deceitfulness them.
In a statement by his campaign organisation, Ize-Iyamu said: “The good people of our state have resolved and will vote for Ize-Iyamu overwhelmingly on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
‘’And we pray to Almighty God to protect and preserve the out-going governor’s life so that he can witness the hand-over ceremony that will usher in Ize-Iyamu to Dennis Osadebe House in November this year.’’
The organisation advised the outgoing governor to hold his head in shame for squandering the state’s funds, which have now resulted to the state’s inability to pay local government workers’ salaries for 15 to 17 months, and other socio-economic crisis enveloping the state today.
The PDP governorship campaign organisation also asked Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government to explain to the people of the state how he squandered over N1.7 trillion of the Federal Allocations and Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) he has collected in the last seven and a half years and his scandalous wealth.
Responding to the governor’s outburst during the flag off of the APC governorship campaign in Benin City last weekend, the organisation said: “It a shame that Oshiomhole still talks about corruption —- accusing innocent people of corruption, when his government stinks of corruption.
‘’From documented evidence that we have, Oshiomhole is the most deceptive person in the country today. He should tell the people of Edo how much he is paying as land tax for his house in Iyamo worth over N10bn and other properties he has acquired in the last seven and a half years in Dubai, Cape Town in South Africa, in San Francisco, United States of America, a high rise apartment in Atlanta both in America and London.
‘’His estate in his village, Iyamoh, which people commonly call Three–in-One that even shocked President Muhammadu Buhari to his marrow — when he visited the place during the governor’s wedding last year, is the size of a Texas Style Ranch — with swimming pools, water fountains and a big occasion hall, amphitheatre, indoor cinema hall, Golf arena to mention a few. This house was valued at N10 billion in 2015, and it consumes N500,000 electricity bill monthly.’’
The organisation said that Oshiomhole’s consistent outburst is always designed to divert the people’s attention, saying the Edo people are now used to his tactics and will surely punish the APC for it in the coming election.
‘’Oshiomhole has mismanaged the huge financial resources of the state, which were entrusted in his care in the past seven and a half years, and he is now receiving the heat from the people. The energy he put in defending himself shows he already feeling the heat,’’ the statement added.
“Oshiomhole has failed; the people of Edo State now know him better. He is the least qualified person to talk about corruption in the country today because his actions and programmes in the past seven and a half years in Edo State epitomise corruption.’’
‘’Again, how will Oshiomhole explain over N30 billion he has so far spent on Edo University, Iyamho, at the expense of the two other state universities that were denied government attention?
‘’This amount included inflated N12 billion for the building of a teaching hospital in the university — excluding the equipment, and another scandalous N1.6 billion spent to build a less than 150-room hostel in the institution.
‘’And this is coming at a time the state is facing a serious economic recession while the College of Education, Ekiadolor, renamed Tayo Akpata University, established at the same time with the Edo University Iyamho, is yet to receive any attention from the state government.’’
The campaign organisation added that the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, still uses the Irrua Teaching Hospital, Irrua, owned by the federal government, for the clinical studies of its students without the state government considering building a teaching hospital for it.