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Ize-Iyamu: APC Stuck With Candidate Burdened By Image Problem – PDP

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Ize-Iyamu: APC Stuck With Candidate Burdened By Image Problem - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the Edo State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has an image problem.

Naija News recalls that during the 2016 APC governorship campaign the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole alleged that Ize-Iyamu poured acid on a student while he was a student at the University of Benin and was subsequently expelled.

Reacting during an interview session in an online television programme on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu debunked the allegation and explained that contrary to what is in circulation, he drew the attention of the school‎ security and took the victim for first aid treatment.

Ize-Iyanmu, however, admitted to the claims that he was a member of the Pyrates Confraternity and a student union leader.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the confession by Ize-Iyamu, is a vindication that he is unfit to hold office as governor of Edo state.

The governing party in Edo State noted that the expulsion by a panel, which, according to Oshiomhole, “was chaired by no less a person than the current Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, has put a permanent deficit on Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate.”

The PDP said: “Nigerians are still waiting for Ize-Iyamu to address why, according to the former APC national chairman, he did not attend Law School as well as why Oshiomhole described him as a person that is only good for ‘night meetings’ and should not be entrusted with the governorship of Edo state.

“Certainly, Edo state, at this critical time, does not deserve a governor who will pull her backward by being weighed down by huge moral burden of daily excuses and explanations on issues and allegations of misdeeds.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the APC is now stuck with a candidate that is burdened by a huge image problem; a candidate who has no message or any blueprint to develop the state; who does not enjoy the support of the people but that of a few selfish individuals, whose interest is only to gain access to the coffers of the state.

“In any case, the people of Edo state have already settled for the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, whose personal character and achievements in office stand as indelible testimonials to his love and commitment to the development of the state and wellbeing of the people.

“In the last four years, Governor Obaseki has initiated and executed programmes and policies that have revived the state’s productive sectors, elevated the living standard of the people, returned transparency and accountability in governance while liberating the state from the stranglehold of corrupt godfathers, who are now desperately seeking to use Ize-Iyamu’s ticket to regain access to power to continue to exploit the state.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.