Matthew Iduoriyekemwen

Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

A socio-political group within the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state under the aegis of Next Generation Foundation on Thursday declared Matthew Iduoriyekemwen as a more loyal party man than Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

It noted that it is Ize-Iyamu that needs to apologise for his political prostitution and not Iduoriyekemwen, recalling that while Ize-Iyamu had left the PDP for the then ACN, Iduoriyekemwen had been a member of the PDP since 1999.

Recently, members of the Edo Youths PDP Vanguard had accused Iduoriyekemwen of political prostitution and double standard.

But reacting to the comment, the Foundation said in a statement in Benin City, signed by Osaretin Omobude: “We are aware that no PDP youth will speak that way against Iduoriyekemwen because he has been the rallying point for Edo youths from day one.

“When you go to Iduoriyekemwen’s house you see our youths every day and he accommodates everybody. So I wonder where you find any youths that will say Ize-Iyamu accommodates. He owns a house that is like a stadium but can any youth go there and eat, and is he accessible? So no youth will ever sign such a statement.

“Ize-Iyamu left the PDP for ACN then because he wanted the governorship ticket. When he discovered Oshiomhole his good friend will play him out of it, he ran back to PDP just because of the ticket. As a matter of fact, Ize-Iyamu was a member of the ACN during the local government election when he denied his current running mate, John Yakubu the opportunity to become chairman of Esan North East because Ize-Iyamu ordered the Chairman of the SIEC to go and declare the result in favour of his then ACN.”