Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Edo State governorship election, has said the state will never a governor who is ungrateful to the electorate.
Ize-Iyamu stated this at the University of Benin Sports Complex on Saturday at the flag-off of APC’s campaign ahead of the 19 September governorship election.
Addressing a mammoth crowd, the APC governorship candidate said he will put the people of Edo first in the affairs of the state and respect them if elected.
He expressed confidence that the APC will win the election overwhelmingly, stating that the massive turnout of supporters indicated that the APC is not an opposition party in the state.
He said: “With the people we are seeing today, will anybody say we are in the opposition? Can anybody say we will be intimidated? I want to assure them that in this election, we will not only win; we will win the 18 local governments.
“Let me assure you that never again will we have a governor that is ungrateful. We will have a governor that will respect Edo people, a governor that you can access, a governor that can empower our people and by the grace of God I will do it.”
Speaking earlier, Mai Mala Buni, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee Chairman, who presented Ize-Iyamu to the attendees, said the party would reclaim the state.
Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, urged the APC members and supporters in the state and the entire Edo populace not to resort to violence during the electioneering period.
“We are in Edo State to take back our state. Four years ago, we were here and you voted for the APC and we know that you will do it again. We urge you not to be violent because victory is ours and we are here to win,” he said.
On his part, Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past APC national chairman, implored the Edo people to vote for the APC, claiming that Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has failed to fulfil the mandate given to him four years ago.
He said: “Never again should we have a governor who will describe Edo youths as miscreants. Do we have miscreants in this Edo State? No! The government has to impact on the poor and uplift them to a level of dignity.
“Never again should we have a governor who will invite the President to come and do a commissioning of a forest that he is going to have an industrial park and today the bush is there. Do you want a governor that will sign an MoU? No.”
The event was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Muhammad Abubakar (Jigawa); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Hope Uzodinma (Imo); Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Abubakar Bello (Niger).
Also in attendance were Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Edward Onoja; and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.