Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu says the state’s governor; Adams Oshiomhole has no moral justification to preach on corruption.
Ize-Iyamu in a statement by his campaign organisation dared Governor Oshiomhole to probe the PDP candidate — as he threatened to do recently, if he has anything against him.
The organisation insisted in a press statement issued by its Media Unit, that the activities and assignments delegated to Ize-Iyamu by the then state authorities in the eight years he was in government, were carried out in the most transparent manner, devoid of any corrupt practice or anti-people’s actions.
The campaign organisation also challenged the governor to open his income and expenditure books to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the people of Edo State, and see if he can defend same.
According to the statement, “We thought this election will be about discussing the issues that affects us, but Oshiomhole has taken a different turn and that is why we and other well-meaning Edo people, including chieftains of his party, have consistently called on the out-going governor to allow his candidate, Godwin Obaseki, speak for himself and not present himself as a zombie.
‘’But since Oshiomhole has continued ….. calling everybody a thief — including those that financed his elections for two-term, we challenge him to open his income and expenditure books in the past seven and half years to EFCC and the Edo people for examination, assessment and vetting.
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We have strong evidence of express approvals given by Oshiomhole showing that the Edo State Government House spent N500million yearly in buying expensive wines for entertainments purposes in Government House. We also have strong evidence, indicating that millions of naira was spent for air tickets for special foreign visitors.
The Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation also challenged Oshiomhole to explain how he has spent the $225 million loan he took from the World Bank, which he said would improve the investment climate and increase the internally generated revenue of the state.
‘’Now that Governor Adams Oshiomhole is talking about corruption and accountability, we challenge him to justify the N14billion he spent in designing a mere website in a state where millions of Edo people are languishing in abject poverty, and hundreds of roads begging for attention’’, the statement added.
The organisation said it is compiling ‘’criminal and dubious’’ expenditures of Oshiomhole in the past seven and half years, and would soon publish them in the national dailies — in order to convince the Doubting-Thomases that the out-going governor had mortgaged the future of the state for decades by toying with and siphoning the common patrimony of Edo State.
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