Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo governorship election says Governor Godwin Obaseki has toyed with his chances for re-election by failing to keep to his electoral promises and ‘betraying’ his people.
Mr Ize-Iyamu made the assertion on Monday, during his ward-to-ward campaign at Ogwa, Esan West and Amahor, Igueben Local Government Areas of the state.
He said Mr Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “missed his chances of reelection when he betrayed the trust of people of the state”.
He said it was because the governor could not give account of his stewardship to Edo people that he decided to cross-carpet to PDP where he felt he would not be held accountable for his actions.
Just like his major rival, whom he criticises, the cleric also recently cross-carpeted to the ruling APC. Both men had reversed roles in 2016: Mr Ize-Iyamu contested under the PDP while Mr Obaseki won under the APC.
“‘The governor did nothing for Edo people for almost four years and does not deserve a second term because he will also not work for the people,” he said, urging the electorate to vote massively for APC to restore Edo to the path of development.
“We will bring more roads and employ teachers in your schools. In the area of manpower development, our women need more than wrappers, they need money to support their businesses,” Mr Ize-Iyamu said.
At Udo, Igueben council, he promised to construct the road linking the community to Igueben town.
In his remarks, Adams Oshiomhole, who was recently ousted as APC chairman after a potracted political battle with his protege turned foe, Mr Obaseki, said he withdrew his support for Mr Obaseki “because he failed to continue with the upgrade of infrastructure he met on ground”.
Mr Oshiomhole said Mr Obaseki could not deliver the dividends of democracy to Edo people, a promise the governor made during his electioneering campaign in 2016.