Has anyone noticed how desperate the PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has become?
A man who by virtue of his calling should be a shinning example to every Edolite but out of desperation to emerge the next governor of the state has decided to cast aside every iota of decency to employ all underhand and despicable means to achieve his ambition. Apart from his campaign of calumny and unwarranted frequent attacks on the Gov of the state, he has employed all sorts of people who like him flood the social media with lies and uwarranted hate statements against Gov. Oshiomole no matter how lofty and well intentioned anything Oshiomole does is.
I believe politics should go beyond smear campaigns as currently embarked on by Ize-Iyamu’s hired bloggers who troll the internet day and night vituperating Oshiomole and rubbishing his good intentions.
Oshiomole may really not have achieved so much as Gov. of the state, in my assessment, he has done fairly okay.
Except for about six states of the federation which include Edo State, every other State govt in Nigeria have been struggling with meeting their responsibilities to their respective states. Almost on every indices Edo State is ranked amongst the 4 best States in the country despite the state’s lean financial resources. Where super oil rich States like Bayelsa and Rivers, smaller ones like Ondo and Imo still struggle with payment of salary and are alleged to owe some of their workers months of salary arrears with a state like Ekiti almost in a fixed, Edo State has paid virtually every worker in the State up to April salary and even increased the minimum wage to #25, 000 just yesterday. Infrastructural devt is still going on and govt under the leadership of Oshiomole is doing everything within its power to meet its obligation and responsibilities to the good people of the State. Roads are still being constructed, new ultra modern hospital in Benin City it’s on the verge of completion, another state university just started, private investors are getting attracted to the state with the possibility of opening up employment opportunities to our teeming unemployed youths. There is noticeable improvement in security in the state. He may not have performed excellently in all areas, but on the average, Oshiomole has done fairly okay; even though he could have done better. Much of the little achievements so far by his govt were made possible by the contributions of members of Edo State economic team under the leadership of Godwin Obaseki according to Oshiomole.
Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his hired bloggers must begin to tell us what he intends to do to better the state in the event he emerges the winner of the forth coming gubernatorial election instead of dissipating energy on attacking or insulting Oshiomole on social media; is Edo State not greater than Oshiomole?
In any case, I do not believe Osagie Ize-Iyamu has anything to offer hence he has resorted to propaganda and insults as is only means of promoting his ambition.
For a start, Ize-Iyam must begin to tell us what the govt he served in for 8 years achieved while it held sway. He must also tell us the role he played in ensuring such achievements. He must begin to tell us his plans for the state and how he intends to achieve such plans under 4 years. That I believe is the way to go about his campaign and not by attacking or insulting Oshiomole as he is alleged to have proudly told his Edo State PDP co gubernatorial aspirants and encouraged them to do. As the only clergy in the pack, he must let the light of his calling reflect in his campaign and be a leading example to others. He must begin as a matter of urgency rein in on his hired bloggers and supporters to douse the unnecessary political tension they are creating in the state at the moment. Every Edo State indigene is one irrespective of senatorial district they come from; Edo okpa ma khin. Edo State is greater than any individual, his ambition and political party; the greatness of the state should be foremost on the mind of every patriotic Edolite. We do not want the unfortunate incidents that happened in Bayelsa and Rivers during the elections and period leading up to it replicated in Edo State.
May God bless Edo State.
May God bless Nigeria.