Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated why he presented the governorship candidate of the party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in bad light in 2016.
Oshiomhole had four years ago, while presenting Godwin Obaseki, his former ally and governor of Edo State as candidate of the party, said Ize-Iyamu, who left the party then for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had identity crisis, by carrying a Bible and claimed to be a pastor and born again Christian.
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The former governor of the state also accused Ize-Iyamu of building houses for himself after serving the government of Lucky Igbinedion in different capacities.
According to him, Ize-Iyamu stated that he could not be blamed for the failure of a government in which he served in prominent positions.
“He has a very interesting lifestyle, now because of a crisis of identity, he went to carry a bible and said he’s a pastor and born again”, Oshiomhole had said.
“His first job he was PA to who? Lucky Igbinedion. Second job, he was Chief of Staff to who? Lucky Igbinedion. Third job he was Secretary to the Government under who? Lucky Igbinedion and after Igbinedion he retired and started building his private homes.
“Now he rose, when he cannot dispute that the PDP government with Ize-Iyamu as Chief of Staff cannot build roads; cannot build schools; cannot do anything, he now says he cannot be blamed.
“Read today’s newspapers, Ize-Iyamu says he cannot be blamed for the failure of Igbinedion government. So he agreed that the government failed but said he should not be blamed.
“Alright, if we will not blame him for the failure of the government of which he was the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the government, should that be a reason to promote him to the office of the Governor? He went on to say he has never been indicted in his life…,” he had said.
However, speaking to a large crowd of party supporters on Thursday, Oshiomhole said he was only marketing Obaseki at the time.
“I have watched some videos where they are showing what I said about Pastor Ize-Iyamu when I was marketing Obaseki,” he said.
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“Let me speak on that briefly. When you are selling Toyota, you cannot promote Mercedes. If you tell the people Mercedes is better they will not look at Toyota.
“I’ve heard some people saying how can a man who was qualified to be Governor in 2016 no longer be qualified in 2020? Now as a Governor I never had course to ask ‘G.O, where are your certificates?”