Edo Election: Obaseki vs Ize-Iyamu, election between Lycan and Vampire

The election in Edo State between the two major contenders,  Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can best be described as an election between lycan and vampires, Ehi Ekhator, Editor in Chief, Naija Center News writes.

Edo Election: Obaseki vs Ize-Iyamu, election between Lycan and Vampire

By Ehi Ekhator

The election in Edo State between the two major contenders,  Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can best be described as an election between lycan and vampires, Ehi Ekhator, Editor in Chief, Naija Center News writes.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Nowamagbe, Obaseki
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Nowamagbe, Obaseki

There is no much difference between the PDP and APC in the state as the current administration led by Adams Oshiomhole is a product of the PDP connection. Oshiomhole was desperate to become the governor that he sold his soul to the then ruling party, and the Igbinedion family.  This is why Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu played a significant role.

Ize-Iyamu was supposed to run for the Osadebe Avenue but regarded the advice of the Igbinedion’s family to allow Oshiomhole, who at that time was very loyal. The plan was that Oshiomhole would support Ize-Iyamu after his tenure, a plan that went sour as the governor found another candidate more reliable for his pursuit.

The two candidates in the state currently are what one could refer to as ESTABLISHMENTS. Godwin Obaseki who headed the economic team is a product of Oshiomhole and was allegedly imposed on the party, according to many aggrieved aspirants, while Pastor Ize-Iyamu was another alleged imposition on the PDP influenced by the Igbinedion family as complained by the aggrieved PDP aspirants.

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The boat is capsizing on the APC in the state at the moment for many reasons.

  1. The current situation in the country under the APC.
  2. Several debates boycotts by Godwin Obaseki.
  3. The bad signs detected before Buhari became the President (Forgetting his political party names at rally and interviews, missing certificate and boycotting debates).
  4. Weak and bad media campaign of the APC.
  5. Idisi’s family who accused Godwin Obaseki of embezzling their father’s millions and attempt by the APC candidate to block National Assembly investigation.
  6. Speaking at rallies for few minutes while the governor, who is said to be on the third term in disguise, talks for hours.
  7. Igbinedion’s family decision to stay away from the campaign, despite the speculations of backing Ize-Iyamu.
  8. The invitation of President Buhari to Benin, a period Nigerians are accusing him of running the country aground.

On the other hand, Edo people are also stuck with the decision whether to trust Pastor Ize-Iyamu due to his connection to Igbinedion family. Lucky Igbinedion administration is still described as the worst in Edo history of governance, a period where Benin women were ridiculed and brought back from Italy with the help of the wife of the then governor, Eki Igbinedion; period of total hardship and betrayal.  The Pastor was the Chief of staff to the Edo State government and the people have not forgotten the PDP years where Pastor Ize-Iyamu played a very prominent role.

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Oshiomhole has used this as his song to remind the people that the pastor cannot be trusted. In a statement issued after the soup went sour between the two former friends, Oshiomhole said “ I kept Ize-Iyamu busy by holding night meetings and saying all the lies.  I didn’t want to spend time watching Ize-Iyamu’s files.

“I never gave Pastor Ize-Iyamu government job. I gave jobs to those I trusted. Pastor Ize-Iyamu would have done to me what he did to Lucky Igbinedion.

“ IT was because we kept him away from the government that we were able to succeed and deliver on electoral promises. I didn’t allow him access to the public fund. Edo cannot go back to what it was before.

“I laughed when he said he made me governor. Go and check the record, on election day, Ize-Iyamu did not as he was hiding from the EFCC. I have made my name and I worked hard for the Nigerian workers. We are not tied to anybody’s apron.

In a separate interview, Ize-Iyamu apologised to Edo people for bringing Oshiomhole in without praying. He opened up that the money he spent on the election was what he and others brought for him.

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He said “ It was a big mistake and like you just pointed out, sorry I didn’t pray. I am not being malicious, even if i weren’t running; I would be very strong in condemning him because I am disappointed. I brought him in, all the money he spent we brought it together for him. So, I feel very, very disappointed.

As expected of the Nigerian politics, there are speculations that many PDP members are working against their parties and some aggrieved APC members would want their party pay for its imposition and for bringing in what they termed inexperienced politician.

A former Local Government Chairman under the APC said yesterday that more than 60% of the current APC would have since moved to PDP if Ize-Iyamu was not the candidate. They are not happy with Obaseki but Ize-Iyamu to them is not an alternative.

On the other hand, some in PDP are just hapless too. Those routing for Pastor Iyamu are core PDP members. Over sixty percent of the electorates do not trust Pastor. In all, both Obaseki and Iyamu are two very unpopular candidates. People are just fighting for their own cake.

Another PDP member who didn’t want to be named said “The truth is this. Majority of ordinary APC members wanted Odubu while Majority of PDP members wanted Edebiri. Both Obaseki and Pastor are products of what you call the establishments in more civilized democracies. This why the campaigns are dull, uninteresting and not issue based, and that is why they have resorted to threats, blackmail, propaganda, and insults. Edo has never had it so bad and may Edo never experience this again.”

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The question of who wears the crown may not be far-fetched. There is a high possibility that history at the federal level may repeat itself at the state level from all indications. Several areas in Edo state are contemplating on voting for the PDP candidates solely due to hardship in town. In another word, Edo people may vote for Ize-Iyamu out of sympathy and frustration.

There had been several calls for a change of policy under Adams Oshiomhole which were totally ignored. The 10,000 youths sacked by the governor may also be waiting for a payback through the governorship election.

A poll conducted by NAIJA CENTER NEWS on its website also reflected a victory for the PDP candidate. That is if the incumbent did not wield his power to influence the result as expected in Nigerian politics.

Poll conducted by NCN
Poll conducted by NCN

Godwin Obaseki also has his younger cousin, Don Pedro Obaseki to contend with. A man who was underrated and would not stop at anything than to tell his brother that he is not a push aside.

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On the other hand, Pastor has garnered enough enemy like Goodluck Jonathan and those who are currently shaking his hands and having dinner with him may actually vote against him.

Major aspirants during the last PDP primaries are still sore and would also make sure that the PDP chairman, Dan Orbih paid for his alleged manipulations by voting against their party.

Tony Anenih who seems very silent since he and his boss, Jonathan were voted out of Aso rock may be another reason the pastor may lose the election as sources said that he was solidly behind the rigging of the primaries.

Anenih was allegedly informed of the move by Dan Orbih to use the delegates to swear oaths. Rather than call for an inquiry, he allegedly pushed the information aside and took it out on the informant.

Edo people are in a confused state and what they decide this month, September would affect them for another four years. It is likely a vote for a vampire or a lycan. Whichever way, the future may not be clear.

 

39 Responses to "Edo Election: Obaseki vs Ize-Iyamu, election between Lycan and Vampire"

  1. Idehen Bright
    Idehen Bright   September 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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  2. Idehen Bright
    Idehen Bright   September 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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  3. Ceroro Idehen
    Ceroro Idehen   September 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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    • Pst Desmond Osazuwa Amasihohu
      Pst Desmond Osazuwa Amasihohu   September 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I don’t think Godwin obaseki is ready to pay Americans and Obama permission right some copy right scam money. Because this picture is fake and not real using Obama image to propergate an Election he Obama knows nothing about is a failure on A.P.C and APC campaign team.

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  4. Ifada Raymond
    Ifada Raymond   September 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    POI

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  5. Henry Ogbomo
    Henry Ogbomo   September 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Na God sent to edo people which is call poi

    Reply
  6. Prince Abraham
    Prince Abraham   September 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Ize Iyamu

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  7. Idehen Bright
    Idehen Bright   September 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    POI

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  8. Vincent Osakpamwan
    Vincent Osakpamwan   September 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    POI

    Reply
  9. Pst Desmond Osazuwa Amasihohu
    Pst Desmond Osazuwa Amasihohu   September 17, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Pastor osagie ize IYAMU

    Reply
  10. Elimhinhe Iluobe Linus
    Elimhinhe Iluobe Linus   September 17, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Pst Osagie Ize Iyamu

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  11. Peter Ose Okosun
    Peter Ose Okosun   September 17, 2016 at 1:06 am

    POI

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  12. Seun Nasiru
    Seun Nasiru   September 17, 2016 at 1:03 am

    God win

    Reply
  13. Chris Ofunim Chris
    Chris Ofunim Chris   September 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    POI

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  14. Grace Igbinosa
    Grace Igbinosa   September 17, 2016 at 12:38 am

    POI.

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  15. John Igenegbai
    John Igenegbai   September 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    God win ooo God win ooo God win ooo anything them take God win ooo God win ooo God win GODWin obaseki god will give him the win APC

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  16. Obaika Sunday
    Obaika Sunday   September 16, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Poi

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  17. Prince Abraham
    Prince Abraham   September 16, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    POI

    Reply
  18. Abrahamovich Ogudu
    Abrahamovich Ogudu   September 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Poi/pdp

    Reply
  19. Aine Itua
    Aine Itua   September 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    POI

    Reply
  20. Charles Zicky Okukpon
    Charles Zicky Okukpon   September 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    pdp

    Reply
  21. Ibizugbe Ben
    Ibizugbe Ben   September 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    POI.

    Reply
  22. Iguodala Vivian Osarugue
    Iguodala Vivian Osarugue   September 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    POI

    Reply
  23. Nwabiafra Ichida
    Nwabiafra Ichida   September 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Iyamu.

    Reply
  24. Pedro Eromonsele Osagie
    Pedro Eromonsele Osagie   September 16, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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  25. Osahon Oriaogba Timoti
    Osahon Oriaogba Timoti   September 16, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    PDP

    Reply
  26. Mustapha Hadji Lawal
    Mustapha Hadji Lawal   September 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Ize-Iyamu

    Reply
  27. Reuben Ananyi
    Reuben Ananyi   September 16, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    It means pdp we win d ellection if conduct free and fair.

    Reply
  28. Raphael Idemudia Glory
    Raphael Idemudia Glory   September 16, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    me and my family are for Ize Iyamu’s

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  29. Kelvin Omolucky
    Kelvin Omolucky   September 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Poi

    Reply
  30. Chioma Okoh
    Chioma Okoh   September 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    IS MR.OBASEKI SENIOR BROTHER 2 MR IBU JOHN OKAFOR.? COS THEY LOOK ALIKE. HOPE HE WIL NT BE A MUMU GOVERNOR.

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  31. Aine Itua
    Aine Itua   September 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Pastor osagie ize iyamu for governor

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  32. Saturday Eromosele
    Saturday Eromosele   September 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Pdp

    Reply
  33. Esekhaigbe Micheal Ikhuoria
    Esekhaigbe Micheal Ikhuoria   September 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Iyamu

    Reply
  34. Prince Kasim
    Prince Kasim   September 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    PDP

    Reply
  35. Godwin Osaro Moses
    Godwin Osaro Moses   September 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    POI all the way

    Reply

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