Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation said on Saturday that the people of Edo State will compel Governor Adams Oshiomhole to hand over to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu against his wish, saying the good people of the state are desirous to change the ‘change’ that has brought misery, suffering, hike in fuel, food prices, obnoxious taxes and levies, and worst of all, deceitfulness.
The organisation also asked Oshiomhole to explain to the people of Edo State how he squandered over N1.7 trillion of the Federal Allocations and Internal Generated Revenue he had collected in the last seven and a half years and his stinky, questionable, scandalous wealth.
The campaign organisation stated this in a press statement issued in Benin-City by the Media Unit of the organisation, while responding to the governor’s outburst during the flag off of the APC governorship campaign in Benin City on Saturday.
According to the statement: ‘’It a shame that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State still talks about corruption —- accusing innocent people of corruption, when his government stinks of corruption. From documented evidence that we have, Oshiomhole is the biggest bandit and crook in the country today.
‘’He should tell the people of Edo how much he is paying as land tax for his house in Iyamho worth over N10bn and other properties he has acquired in the last seven and a half years in Dubai, Cape Town in South Africa, in San Francisco, United States of America, a high rise apartment in Atlanta both in America and London.
‘’His estate in his village, Iyamoh, which people commonly call Three–in-One that even shocked President Muhammadu Buhari to his marrow — when he visited the place during the governor’s weeding last year, is the size of a Texas Style Ranch — with swimming pools, water fountains and a big occasion hall, amphitheatre, indoor cinema hall, Golf arena to mention a few. This house was valued at N10 billion in 2015, and it consumes N500, 000 electricity bill monthly.’’
The organisation said that Oshiomhole’s consistent outburst is always designed to divert the people’s attention, saying the Edo people are now used to his dirty and muddy tactics and will surely punish the APC for it in the coming election.
‘’Oshiomhole has mismanaged the huge financial resources of the state, which were entrusted in his care in the past seven and a half years, and he is now receiving the heat from the people. The energy he put in defending himself shows he already feeling the heat’’, the statement added.
“Oshiomhole has failed; the people of Edo State now know him better. Oshiomhole is the least qualified person to talk about corruption in the country today because his actions and programmes in the past seven and a half years in Edo State epitomise corruption.’’
‘’Again, how will Oshiomhole explain over N30 billion he has so far spent on Edo University, Iyamho, at the expense of the two other state universities that were denied government attention?
‘’This amount included inflated N12 billion for the building of a teaching hospital in the university — excluding the equipment, and another scandalous N1.6 billion spent to build a less than 150-room hostel in the institution.
‘’And this is coming at a time the state is facing a serious economic recession while the College of Education, Ekiadolor, renamed Tayo Akpata University, established at the same time with the Edo University Iyamho, is yet to receive any attention from the state government.’’
The campaign organisation added that the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, still uses the Irrua Teaching Hospital, Irrua, owned by the Federal Government, for the clinical studies of its students without the state government considering building a teaching hospital for it.
‘’The good people of our state have resolved and will vote PDP’s flag bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, overwhelmingly on Saturday, September 10 2016. And we pray to Almighty God to protect and preserve the out-going governor’s life — so that he can witness the hand-over ceremony that will usher in Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to Denis Osadebe House’’, the campaign organisation stated.
The organisation further advised the outgoing governor to hold his head in shame for squandering the huge state’s funds, which has now resulted to the state’s inability to pay local government workers’ salaries for 15 to 17 months, and other socio-economic crisis enveloping the state today.