Obaseki kicks off campaigns, promises to industrialize Edo

GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo
state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, flagged off his
campaigns in Edo South senatorial
district yesterday, with Governor Adams
Oshiomhole calling on the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to
investigate the award of road contracts
in Ovia North East and Ovia South west
estimated at several billions of naira
whenPastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was
Secretary to the state Government under
Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos
and Chairman, National Campaign
Council of the All Progressives Congress
(left); Mr. Godwin Obaseki, APC
Gubernatorial candidate in Edo State and
Governor Adams Oshiomhole during
Governor Ambode's visit to Edo State,
Tuesday.
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Obaseki kicks off campaigns, promises
to industrialize Edo
ON July 23, 2016 12:59 AM / IN
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BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo
state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, flagged off his
campaigns in Edo South senatorial
district yesterday, with Governor Adams
Oshiomhole calling on the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to
investigate the award of road contracts
in Ovia North East and Ovia South west
estimated at several billions of naira
whenPastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was
Secretary to the state Government under
Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Oshiomhole who urged the people of the
state not to vote a self-confessed cultist
into power, also called on the EFCC to
commence prosecution of Ize-Iyamu,
who agreed to the EFCC that he collected
N700m presidential money, asserting
that he lacks the credibility to run for the
governorship of this state.
Ize-Iyamu had in an online video
interview disclosed how he was
suspended from the University of Benin
for being a member of the pirate
Confraternity just as he denied being
involved in the acid attack against one of
the students of the university then.
However, Obaseki who addressed the
mammoth crowd at the APC rally in
Benin City, said unlike the PDP who
acquired lands for themselves, his
government will give land to farmers to
cultivate, saying that with or without
crude oil, Edo state will survive like a
nation not a state.
Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius
Odubu, who urged the Benins to embrace
their son Obaseki, declared that "APC
victory is non negotiable because the
Comrade Governor has worked in the
nook and cranny of Edo state therefore
this is the time of punish PDP and vote
Obaseki into power".
Other leaders who spoke includes Chief
Samson Esemuede who recently dumped
the PDP for the APC, Charles Idahosa
and state party chairman, Anslem
Ojezua.
Vowing tor create jobs for the people of
the state, Obaseki said "We will make
sure we have a government that will use
the money of the people for the people.
So we will make sure that we will
continue to run an open, efficient and
responsible government. Edo people in
the Diaspora send more money to Edo
than we spend in our budget, it tells you
how well our people are doing all over
the world.
"We have more interests in ensuring that
the people of Edo state is one in which
the people come first. We want to take
sure that our people are economically
strong and the way to do it is to attract
investment, industries. We will create
jobs and the minimum we will do in the
first four years is 200, 000 jobs".
"My priority will be women
empowerment. Two months ago we gave
micro loans to 15, 000 women, during
my tenure that number will increase
significantly. I want to assure you that
along with our wives, we will not
disappoint you" he stated.
Oshiomhole who insisted that Ize-Iyamu
will lose woefully in this election,
narrated that "In the books of the Edo
state government, Pastor Ize-Iyamu as
SSG, he signed the minutes where they
claimed billions of contracts to dualize
the road from Okada junction to Okada
town, they even claim to have graded
internal roads in Okada town. Today,
they collected that money in full but the
job was never done and the EFCC has
not investigated that job.
"It will have to be investigated. Now that
the new IG is investigating the death of
Harry Marshal, and Bola Ige, EFCC must
come back and investigate all the jobs
which Ize-Iyamu and co claimed to have
done which they did not do, I will show
them the records, the location and they
will see for themselves how much was
taken and nothing was done. I have the
signature and minutes where they
claimed to have awarded the Siluko road
and Teachers House. Any time they were
broke they will say further amendment to
the contract.
"Altogether, Ize-Iyamu and co took
billions of naira in the name of solving
the flood problem at teachers house but
the job was never done. Inspite of their
monumental crime against the people of
the state, they privatize the resources of
the state. I will challenge them whether
they carry the genuine Bible or not. with
Ize-Iyamu as Chief of Staff to Lucky
Igbinedion, the very first executive action
that took in 1999-2000, was to dismiss
all the serving Permanent Secretaries in
Edo state, whether they were in Edo
Central, North or South."

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