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Edo 2016: Obaseki warns Ize-Iyamu against ‘dirty politics’

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin 

The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has accused Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of comporting himself in an uncivil manner and challenged him to a public debate. 

He cautioned Pastor Ize-Iyamu against making inflammatory statements, stressing that he should toe the path of civility which he (Obaseki) displayed by congratulating him on his victory  at the factional congress. 

He accused the PDP candidate of heating up the polity and attempting to “turn politics into media war.” 

The APC candidate was responding to Ize-Iyamu’s jibe targeting Governor Adams Oshiomhole for campaigning for the APC candidate. 

The PDP factional candidate had wondered if Obaseki was not a grown man to campaign for himself. 

However, reacting through, his Media Aide on Sunday, Mr. Benjamin Atu, the APC candidate, while tasking his counterpart on issue-based campaign,  challenged Pastor Ize Iyamu to a debate. 

He said was more than capable  of  flooring both the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee candidate and the one which the Ali Modu Sheriff fraction would produce on Wednesday. 

He said, ” APC in Edo will not lose sleep over any of the candidates from the PDP.  Ize-Iyamu should show the people of Edo State the result of his previous performance, explain his role in the alleged embezzlement of the State’s resources, as well as present to the people of Edo State his justification for joining the governorship race. 

“PDP is the old testament of Edo State. We are in the era of grace and APC has come to offer grace. As a New Testament state, we are not going back to Egypt the city of iniquity and godfatherism.” 

Obaseki tasked PDP leaders in the who are proud of the party’s reign in the state to come out and publicly campaign for Ize Iyamu or any other candidate that may also emerge from their fractional primary this week. 

“The excellent performance of Governor Adams Oshiomhole has made the PDP in Edo State and other PDP states to lose sleep; that was why the Governor of Delta and others sent their thugs some of which have already been arrested in their effort to participate in the ongoing voter’s registration in Edo. APC is firm and unmovable irrespective of the crafty preparation of the PDP.” 

He maintains that the unguarded utterances by the fractional PDP candidate were a show of shame and display of childishness. 

“Public office is for adults and not children like Pastor Ize Iyamu who has taken politics as his career for life. We call on the Leaders of the PDP in Edo State to celebrate Mr. Godwin Obaseki who has gotten to the peak of his career life and made the state proud by his Eloquence in various public lectures and presentation as a world class consultant who has consulted for various captain of industries all over the world and has used his influence to draw several development to Edo State,” the statement added.

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