Edo Politics: Ize-Iyamu Responds, Oshiomhole Should Be Grateful To Me

Osagie Ize-IyamuA member of the Edo State PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has responded to Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s allegations, maintaining that the Governor owes him gratitude for helping him become the Governor of Edo State.

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, had earlier in the week, during an interview on the Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, accused Ize-Iyamu of working against his party; the PDP in a desperate attempt to become governor after Lucky Igbinedion, despite the zoning structure that held sway in the party.

Oshiomhole’s allegations were in reaction to Ize-Iyamu, who purportedly claimed on television that he made him a Governor. The Governor wondered how he could say such when “by 2007 (Pastor Ize-Iyamu) on election day was restricted by EFCC, he couldn’t come out for fear of arrest”.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, however, in a conversation on the Monday edition of the same TV programme, noted that it was sad that the Governor would make such statements against him; “with all modesty, God used me to assist him (in becoming Governor).

“He said on election day I was restricted but he knows I coordinated his election in 2007. It will interest you to note that even at 10AM on election day, Adams Oshiomhole called me to say that he wasn’t doing again, that he was coming back to Benin to address a press conference that the malpractices were too much.

“I told him on the phone he should go back to his village. ‘How can you on election day say you’re going back? Who will listen to you? Just give the thing a chance, after election we can compare notes’. He asked if I was sure, I said go back. He then told me he was doing a U-turn at Auchi Polytechnic.

“Later when he was declared Governor, I told him, ‘you remember when you called me, if you had not called me and you came to Benin to say you were withdrawing, would you be Governor?’ He laughed and he thanked me. This is just one among several incidents.

“Many of the local governments on that day, he doesn’t know what happened, I coordinated them and when they announced that he lost, ask him, that evening where was he? He called me again to ask where does he meet me and I told him to come to Bright Igbinedion’s house and lets work out a plan to deal with this issue.

“I was the one who set up a team immediately that night to begin to collate results on what was to be done. He came there totally dejected.

“When money was being put together for the election a day or two before, ask him who coordinated it. Let me state categorically that all the money that was used for the election came for two principal sources; one I will not like to mention, the second one from Captain Uzah, who in this interview he mentioned as one Captain Uzah – a man who was your benefactor.

“A man who gave you all the money for your election, now you refer to him as one Capt. Uzah, simply because they have seen through you and they have moved on; it’s unfortunate.

“He could not even bring money for his election, people gave him money but he used it for other things.”

The Pastor also went further to recount how he became an associate of Governor Oshiomhole. He said that the then aspirant came to him when he was the Secretary to the State Government under former Governor Lucky Igbinedion, to ask for his support of his ambition.

He added that Mr Oshiomhole acknowledged that he (Ize-Iyamu) was equally interested in the position but he would like to appeal to him to step down and support him, which he eventually did with an advice for him not to run on the Labour Party because it would not work, an advise Oshiomhole readily embraced “if I would assist him”.

He recalled that the decision to come to him several times, seeking help in getting support and finding a platform was because he (Oshiomhole) had been rejected by the PDP, and his attempt at joining the ANPP had caused problems.

On the allegations that he worked against his party, the PDP, towards the election for his selfish ambition, Ize-Iyamu said that reference to that showed why the Governor should be grateful to him.

“If (Governor) Lucky Igbinedion and Chief Anenih had agreed that the governorship should go to Edo Central, where he doesn’t come from and I opposed it and ensured that the governorship now went to Edo North where he comes from, he owes me gratitude.”

Mr Ize-Iyamu had since left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and returned to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saying he did not believe in hypocrisy as what he thought was a better alternative had become worse.

The situation in the Edo State House of Assembly also came to the fore and Ize-Iyamu reaffirmed that the situation warranted his decamping as “whatever is happening the House of Assembly was created by the Governor himself.”

Do Not Despair, Pray For Nigeria – Oshiomhole

Gov OshiomholeeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Nigerians not to despair and lose faith in the nation despite its challenges, saying with prayers, the country would overcome its trials and achieve greatness.

In his Easter message, Oshiomhole urged Nigerians to seek the face of God and pray for the return of peace to every part of the country.

According to him, “Easter signifies a renewal, reinvigoration and a rebirth. Nigerians must see beyond the trials of the moment and continue to pray and seek the face of God for an end to the challenges of the moment.

“As Christians, we need to find deeper meaning and appeal in the symbolism of the death and resurrection of Christ. The lesson of Easter is for Christians to rededicate themselves to the teachings of Christ which are peace, faith, hope and love.

“In order to partake of the eternal life which is the essence of His death and resurrection, Christians must imbibe the values of charity, compassion and as well as believe in the sanctity of His sacrifice as the basis of a new beginning; a new beginning for self, the family and the nation.”

The Governor, who said that peace was a catalyst for development added: “I urge everyone to work towards the attainment of peace and security in the country, without which we cannot talk of proper governance, infrastructure development, attracting foreign investors and achieving wealth creation.”

He appealed to people of all faith in the state to continue to maintain their harmonious inter-faith relations, while he thanked the people for their support for his government, saying he would not betray their trust in him.

Edo Council Election: Aggrieved Parties Should Go To court – Afegbua

the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kassim Afegbua.The government of Edo State, on Tuesday, advised aggrieved parties in the Esan North-east Council By-election to follow due process and seek redress in court.

The State government expressed satisfaction with the election results and insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was trying to muddle up the election process.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the PDP arrested electoral officers when they realised they were losing to make the process cumbersome and discredit the outcome of the election.

“Over 25 persons where put behind bars,” he said, with the help of “the ‘imported’ police officers from Lagos and Abuja.

“One commander of the Mobile Police in Lagos, Patrick Ejededawe, an indigene of Uromi, came with some policemen to supervise elections in Uromi,” he explained.

Considering the fact that the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees is from the Esan North local council, tempers will naturally be high because they wouldn’t want him to lose a local government election, he stated.

He said that the election results were collated at the designated centres contrary to the claims of the PDP.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Chairmanship candidate, Sam Oboh, was declared winner of the by-election, held on 22 October with 12, 67 votes.

The leadership of the state is of the APC.

Edo Governorship election will be free and fair – Jonathan

Barely two weeks to the Edo State Governorship election, President Gooodluck Jonathan on Saturday assured residents of the state of peaceful poll conduct saying that the organisers of the election must adhere to the principle of One Man, One vote.

The president, who arrived the Benin airport aboard a presidential jet at about 11: 36am, was received by the Edo state governor Adams Oshiomhole amid other top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts and top federal government dignitaries before leaving for the Palace of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’ Oba Erediauwa.

Speaking at the packed venue of the Dr Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Mr Jonathan assured residents of the state of peaceful poll conduct, even as he called on PDP members in the state to mobilise to ensure victory.

Expressing his commitment to free and fair election, the president thanked the people of the state for voting him during the 2011 presidential election, saying it was in the state he started his ‘one man, one vote’ campaign.

“It was here in this state that I said that we must change the way we do elections in this country; this time around, there will be no thuggery, it is going to be one man one vote. I came here to promise the people of Edo State that they should keep faith with that promise.

“This morning before I came, I asked the Inspector-General of Police, ‘Are you ready for Edo State?’ He said yes. I asked the Chief of Defence Staff, ‘Are you ready for Edo State?’ He said yes.

“I guarantee 100 percent security for your election and there will be no manipulation, election results will be entered at the various units and nobody will change figures.

“PDP is the dominant party. As long as you mobilise and vote PDP, we will win. I am sure that, come July 14, PDP will rule Edo.”

A leader of the party, Tony Anenih, speaking earlier, said that the PDP is prepared for the forthcoming election.

“We want to put in place a government that will be responsive to the yearnings of the people. Mr. President, your presence here has raised our hope,” Mr Anenih said.

“You have energised us. We need a free and fair election. We want to make sure that on Election Day, all the candidates will be given equal opportunity to vote and go home,” he added.

Those on the President’s entourage to Edo included Vice-President Namadi Sambo; PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; and state chairman, Dan Orbih.

The Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Seriaki Dickson (Bayelsa), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Idris Wada (Kogi) were also on President Jonathan entourage to Edo State.

Edo: Nelson Aideyan demands apology from PDP for accusing him of collecting bribe to rig election

A purported consultant to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nelson Aideyan has denied allegations by officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of printing party agents’ cards to rig the forthcoming Edo state governorship elections in favour of the incumbent governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

The media officer to Mr Aideyan, Okomayin Pius Alao said in a statement in Benin City that the allegation which was widely publicised to both the print and electronic media on June 26, 2012, sounded like the cry of a drowning man.

He said the “PDP having seen its doom at the July 14, 2012 governorship election in Edo State, had resorted to concocting frivolous stories aimed at tarnishing the personality and integrity of illustrious Edo State citizens like Mr. Nelson Aideyan” who he described as a private citizen who has no personal interest in any of the political parties and is not a politician.

Mr Orbih had alleged that Mr Aideyan is an INEC consultant who was brought into Edo State by INEC to rig the forthcoming July 14, 2012 governorship election in favour of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and that he collected $40, 000 from the Governor Oshiomhole to achieve this purpose.

Meanwhile, counsel to Mr Aideyan, O.R. Adisa, has demanded a public and unequivocal apology in both the print and electronic media from the PDP and its state chairman within 48 hours.

The lawyer warned that failure to fully comply will leave them with no option than to take appropriate legal actions against the person of Mr Orbih and his party, including forwarding a petition to the appropriate authorities.

The statement reads:

It has come to the notice of our Client that the chairman of PDP, Edo State Chapter, Chief Dan Orbih, issued a press release on NTA Benin on 25th, June 2012 which has since been reported in various print and electronic media including, ITV Benin, Channels TV, Silverbird TV and National Mirror Newspaper of 26th June, 2012. In his press statement he alleged the following:

1. That Our Client is an INEC Consultant who has been brought into Edo State by INEC to rig the forth coming July 14th 2012 gubernatorial election in favour of ACN.

2. That the Comrade Governor has given our Client between Forty Thousand ($40,000) to Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars ($230,000 .00) to carry out the rigging.

3. That the comrade Governor and his party ACN have put our client in a guest house in Benin where he’s perfecting the work for ACN.

4. That our Client is presently printing voting cards tags to be used by ACN supporters in the forth coming election.

5. That our client has a close relationship with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and therefore will be influencing the forthcoming election in favour of ACN.

Chief Dan Orbih further alleged that our Client has been seen in various fora with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Director General of Governor Oshiomhole’s campaign in Edo State and consequently issued our Client a threat and to leave Edo State within a few days.

We have our client‘s instruction to react to the above allegation as follows:

First and foremost, the allegations by PDP Edo State and its chairman are totally untrue and unfounded. Our Client is an indigene of Edo State who has the inalienable constitutional right to reside anywhere in Nigeria, especially in Edo State, where he was born and brought up. Our Client therefore considers the ultimatum as a threat to his life and person.

Furthermore, our Client is not connected in any way whatsoever, with the July 14th Governorship election. He has also not been consulted by INEC or any body or person whatsoever to act on its/his behalf with respect to the forth coming Governorship election. In addition he is not a Politician.

Our Client therefore considers the publication on both the electronic and print media by the PDP Edo State Chapter and its State Chairman, as libelous and slanderous and a calculated attempt at disparaging his personality and bringing him to public ridicule and odium.

As a result of this untoward publication our Client has been receiving strange calls from unknown persons threatening his life.

Consequently, we have our Client’s instruction to demand a public and unequivocal apology in both the print and electronic media from the PDP and its state Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, within 48hrs from this publication. Failure to fully comply will leave us with no option than to take the appropriate legal actions against the person of Chief Dan Orbih and his party, including forwarding a petition to the appropriate authorities.

A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE

Oshiomhole leads thousands to protest planned voters’ registration in Edo

The Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Monday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop the planned voter’s registration exercise over suspected plan by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hijack the process in its favour.

Mr Oshiomhole who made this demand while addressing supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria Party (ACN) who besieged the INEC headquarters in Benin City said his supporters will not leave the INEC’s office until the INEC Chairman, Attihiru Jega intervenes to remove the officials working with the PDP to perfect plans in rigging the forthcoming governor ship election.

“They have murdered sleep, they will no know sleep,” Mr Oshiomhole said.

He told the protesters that his aide would arrange to bring them snacks and water so that they can ‘occupy’ INEC office “until professor Jega intervenes and remove Chidi and Umeh and ensure that the fake registration they want to do is stopped.”

INEC had announced that it will commence the update of voters register from Tuesday May 15.

According to the commission, the one week exercise will be for only those not registered by the commission or those who had problems with their registration.

Asked to comment on the issues raised by the governor and thousands of protesters, the Public Relations Officer of INEC in Edo State, Imoude Sule said she was not authorised by the National body to comment on the issues raised since the commission in Edo state currently do not have a Resident Electoral Commissioner.

The PDP in Edo State however described the allegations of Mr. Oshiomhole and the ACN as baseless and a ploy by the ACN to find an alibi for what they called their impending failure.

PDP wants power in Edo state at all cost – Kassim Afegbua

Kassim Afegbua, Director, Media and Publicity, Oshiomhole Campaign Organisation, said that the incidence happening in Edo state recently is an indication of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s desire to get into power at all cost.