Â By Tony Ehighiale, Benin CityÂ
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has stated that the position of governor of the state is meant to benefit all the people not to be turned into a tribal enclave.Â He spoke while receiving one Nelson Asekhame, who trekked from Opuje in Owan West Local Government Area of the state to Benin city, the state capital, in solidarity with his governorship campaign.Â
Asekhame told the guber hopeful that he undertook the 16 hours journey covering about 150km to express the growing displeasure of the people of Owan (East and West) to the way and manner the state government, under the leadership of Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, has for the past seven and half years been neglecting them in the area of development.Â
According to him, “For so many years now, the people of Owan have been marginalised our community has been under developed. We have been schemed by the comrade governor.Â
“For more than three times, Opuje, the community where I hail from, has the contract for the construction of its road has been awarded even recently he flagged off the road construction but as we speak nothing is happening there.Â
“We, the youths of Owan, are saying that we cannot take it any longer and we want the incoming governor to feel our pains. That’s why I had to take the pain to walk all the way from Owan to Benin (in solidarity with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu) to please in his own administration remember Owan.”Â
Responding, the guber hopeful commended the youth for his initiative.Â
“The governor of the state is supposed to be a position that every Edo man or woman is supposed to benefit from. It is not a position that is meant to benefitÂ a clan or just an ethnic group,” he posited.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu averred that the people of Owan appear to have been forgotten in the scheme of things.
Going down memory lane, he stressed that in the years past Afuze was renowned as a place for grooming sportsmen and women for international stardom. “Today, that place is a shadow of itself.”Â
He asserted that despite the fact that the people of the locality voted massively for Comrade Oshiomhole he has completely neglected the area, adding that the people of Akoko Edo are going through a similar experience.Â
The governorship standard bearer that even people in some part of Etsako complain of neglect for the seven and half years that Governor Oshiomhole has been in office.
“It is sad that the governor would repeatedly promise to do a road in a community, especially when it’s time for election, and people would trust him, vote for him, only for him to turn his back on them,” he stressed.Â
He enthused that apart from been marginalised in the area of infrastructural development the people of Owan were also been shortchanged in terms of political appointments.Â
Pastor Ize-Iyamu described as shocking the decision of Comrade Oshiomhole to impose on the All Progressives Congress (APC) his clansman as the deputy governorship candidate.Â
“What it shows is clear insensitivity to the other local governments in Edo north. It’s even made worse by the fact that even the Edo North senatorial position is not in Owan neither is it in Akoko Edo.Â
“One would have thought that the governor who continues to talk about fairness would be fair in his distribution of political office.
“Edo North today has become a divided house because of the way some local government areas are marginalised by the governor,” he said.Â
He asserted that everything appears to be in “one place and we are wondering whether the governor that we have is the governor of Edo State or the governor of a community.”