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Oshiomhole Accuses Ize-Iyamu, Supporters of Masterminding Attacks on Legislative Quarters

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has on Tuesday accused Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of masterminding the orgy of violence that recently enveloped the state.

Oshiomhole said the accusation became necessary as both All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP have been living harmoniously without rancour until the recent decamp of Ize-Iyamu and his group from APC to PDP in the state.

He also said his administration had been working with all security agencies in a very significant way to contain kidnapping and robbery in the state until the recent spate of political violence.

According to him, “It is therefore very sad that the orgy of violence in the state reared its head when these elements decamped to the PDP.

“The APC and PDP had co-existed peacefully in the state without such ugly incidents as witnessed in the past few weeks, and it is clear that these defectors are the ones who have now introduced this violence to the state since they have no new values to add.  I am convinced that the leadership of the PDP at all levels are not deceived by these opportunistic, infantile and self-serving antics of the recent defectors.”

The governor who stated this in an address he delivered at a Town Hall meeting with stakeholders in the state in Benin-city, further noted that the clarification became necessary to intimate the people that “we have it on good authority that Ize-Iyamu had boasted to the powers-that-be in Abuja that he would get more than half the members of the state House of Assembly to decamp to the PDP. However, since he has been unable to do that, he has resorted to self-inflicted attacks to give the impression that he is a factor and force in the PDP and in the state politics.”

The governor alleged that this was showcased with the resort to the use of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a clear desperate attempt to attract attention to them having lost out in the political equation in the state PDP where they are now seeking refuge and where they are being treated as refugees.

Oshiomhole who noted that it has become necessary for him to address people on the current political developments in the state, added that these unfortunate events, as everybody is aware, have led to needless tension.

“Clearly, any discerning observer would see that the same elements who left the APC, led by Osagie Ize-Iyamu are the brains behind the recent wave of crises in the state with a view to making themselves relevant having lost out in the APC and having been relegated to the background in the PDP to which they ran to as refugees.

“By Ize-Iyamu’s ludicrous account and his haste to accuse me of culpability, we are persuaded to believe he is merely acting out a worn-out script. It is laughable indeed that Ize-Iyamu would seek to accuse me, the state Chief Security Officer, of creating tension and chaos in his own state.

“Ize-Iyamu’s wild allegation fits into PDP’s jaded style of stage-managing assaults on its agents to be used as pretext by its thugs to attack officials of the state government and agents of the APC.

“We reject in its totality, any attempt to suggest or drag the APC and its government in the state into any made-up problems by persons who are in no way threatening to the people of the state.  We shall not be distracted from our goals of quality, accountable, responsible and democratic governance to improve the lives and communities of our people.

“We urge the likes of Ize-Iyamu and his cohorts to desist from trying to make the country ungovernable by precipitating flash-points of crisis and confusion and call on our security forces and national leaders to put them under special watch.  The unity of the state and Nigeria must not be compromised or contaminated by self-seeking and selfish persons.

“As an elected and accountable government, we are duty-bound to explain to the people the issues involved, the forces at play and their ultimate objective,” Oshiomhole stated.

Again, he said why would anyone want to attack Iyamu and his followers when the bigger PDP men, including Chief Tony Anenih, Dan Orbih and Lucky Imasuen have never been attacked in any form or manner in the state and when both  are not even close to the centre of power and decision making in the PDP?

Besides, Oshiomhole noted that the
current political situation had its roots in the unfortunate incident and grossly unhelpful recalcitrance of some lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Tracing the genesis, the governor disclosed that on June 9, the state House of Assembly (EDHA) suspended four members of the assembly namely: Hon. Festus Ebea (Esan South-East), Hon. Friday Ogieriakhi (Orhiomwon-South), Hon. Patrick Osayimwen (Oredo-East), and Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen (Ikpoba Okha) for misconduct, in accordance with the extant Rules of the House of Assembly.

“This should have been strictly considered as an internal affair of the House of Assembly. However, it has been orchestrated by the PDP leadership to crisis level in order to cause maximum distraction.  I seek your indulgence, therefore, to recall the sequence of events so as to put the issues in clear perspective.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 3 Years ago

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