The governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Iyamu, has denied making comments that he would use state fund to celebrate the birthday of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, if elected governor of Edo State.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu also denied comment credited to him that he would also declare September 11 public holiday to celebrate the Esama of Benin.
Ize-Iyamu said the video being circulated in both the conventional and social media showing him making the comments was doctored and manipulated.
He stated that the video was not a true reflection of what he said at the occasion in reference.
The PDP candidate said the video was ‘maliciously doctored and intended to portray him in bad light in the court of public opinion.
Speaking through the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said spoken words were super-imposed over the words coming out of his mouth.
According to Chris, “The PDP, with all sense of responsibility and emphasis, wishes to assure the good people of Edo State that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu does not intend to host at the expense of the State or declare a public holiday in celebration of the Esama’s birthday if by the goodwill of the people, he is returned elected as governor on September 28.
“We want to acknowledge the fact that we are proud of our relationship with the universally acclaimed entrepreneur and philanthropist per excellence, Sir, Chief, Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin.
“We are proud to say that this rare personage whose table hosts kings and heads of nations all year round is a leader of the PDP. We hope to take advantage of his rare connections to advance the development of Edo State.”