Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says he has begun compiling vouchers and other evidence of the fraud perpetrated by the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party government in the State, in which Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu served as the Secretary to the State Government, and pass it on to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution.
Oshiomhole warned Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the PDP for the upcoming governorship election in Edo State, and leaders of the PDP that the All Progressives Congress train will crush them if they don’t stay off the rail tracks.
Speaking at the Local Government rally of the APC in Fugar on Saturday, Oshiomhole said: “When I’m going to Anegbette, I will go with the vouchers where the past PDP government with Ize-Iyamu as Secretary to Government allocated money which they said was for the construction of Anegbette bridge.
“In their books, they claimed they have built a bridge to Anegbette.
“And everything must go to Abuja.
“They collected the money in full and Anegbette got nothing.
Even to Ayua, my mother’s village, an earth road, Ize-Iyamu as SSG, in their books, which I will circulate, they claimed they did the road from Jattu to Ayua to Iyiukhu and they collected the money and pocketed it.
“That is why we have to warn him to stay off the rail tracks because the train is coming and if he’s not careful, the train will crush him.
“He can’t afford a fight.”
The Governor took a swipe at the PDP for criticising the construction of a state University in Edo North, saying they lacked foresight.
“PDP thinks Edo North is not part of the state.
“Where Ogiadomhe is seated, Dan Orbih is seated, people are saying why should we build Edo University in Iyamho?
“So I ask them: during PDP time, they built a University but they called it after somebody.
“Should I build Oshiomhole University, Iyamho?
“I will rather build Edo University for the people of Edo, for the youths of Edo, for Edo people to own and Edo people own it.
“How can anyone, who understands the logics of development in a world that is knowledge-driven, a digital economy, question the wisdom of investing in education?
“If they cannot see tomorrow, I have seen next tomorrow.
“That is what leadership is all about.
“Are you aware that Ize-Iyamu went to Port Harcourt, not to pay a courtesy call, but to visit EFCC and he wrote in his handwriting that he Ize-Iyamu collected N700 million and another N500 million from Fidelity Bank.
“He took this money and shared with his friends, including Dan Orbih.
“When Dan Orbih collected his shares, when he came home, did he tell you that he had his share of the N700 million?
“My joy is that under President Buhari, what they thought couldn’t happen is happening now.
“They are now writing statements how they took, how they shared, but they will continue and refund the money.
“So on September 10, your task is simple: vote for us because of the jobs we have done and more we will do and I ask you to trust Godwin Obaseki.
“He has always been in the engine room.
“Even as they looted the treasury and Edo is very broke, your state, Edo State, is working.
“We are paying salaries as and when due.
“When they were arguing about salaries, I decided to increase it.
“I increased it because I am a worker.”
The APC gubernatorial candidate, Godwin Obaseki in his speech, said his priority will be to expand the economy of the state.
Obaseki said investors have already visited the state with a view to setting up large-scale commercial farms for the people of Etsako Central Senatorial District.
“The investors have already come to check out the area in Ekperi,” he said.
He stressed that the present administration of Comrade Oshiomhole has already laid the foundation, what is left is for him to expand the economy so that the people can get work.
Obaseki said women, as good managers of money, will have access to soft loans.
He told the women to shun the emergency loan the PDP is giving them, saying it is a ploy to hoodwink them.
He said a party which had no programme for women over the years cannot come on the eve of an election to deceive them with dubious loans.
He promised that youth agenda will be on the front burner.