Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, has accused governor Godwin Obaseki of lying about saying he helped raised money for the election that brought Adams Oshiomhole into office as his predecessor.
At the Edo Governorship Debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday in Benin City, the state capital, Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki, the incumbent governor, only contributed N100,000 to the election that brought Oshiomhole into office.
Ize-Iyamu, who countered Obaseki, said he is shocked by the claim.
“Well I’m shocked that governor Obaseki who has never voted in Edo State until his own election in 2016 will tell the world that him or less brought Oshiomhole,” he said.
“When I heard that he claimed that he raised the money, I laughed and the first time I saw Oshiomhole after a long time, I asked him. The reality is that, the money governor Obaseki brought for Oshiomhole’s election, his own contribution was N100,000, and the entire amount was not up to N10 million.
“We know how we raised money for comrade Adams’ election. I’m surprised that in public like this, we can continue with a lie that was meant to dress you up for political acceptability. Oshiomhole needed desperately to market you and he gave the impression that you funded his election.
“You know that is not true because you were not in a position to do so. Your Afrinvest was at its lowest ebb, you were not doing well as a stockbroker, you didn’t even have the resources.”