Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the September 10 Edo governorship election, has advised Governor Adams Oshiomhole to refund billions of naira he allegedly collected from former president Goodluck Jonathan and former governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Ize-Iyamu’s statement comes on the heels of reports that Oshiomhole is planning to refund the N700 million Jonathan gave the state PDP during the 2015 presidential election, This Day reports. Speaking during the presentation of a book entitled: ‘Breach Of Trust- an eyewitness account of political events in Edo State before and under Adams Oshiomhole’s watch’, written by Oshiomhole’s former Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Orobosa Omo-Ojo, Ize-Iyamu said he had explained to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he never benefited from the N700 million given to the state PDP.
“Ize-Iyamu has told Gov Oshiomhole to refund billions of naira he allegedly collected from ex-president Jonathan and ex-gov Lucky Igbinedion” Ize-Iyamu has told Gov Oshiomhole to refund billions of naira he allegedly collected from ex-president Jonathan and ex-gov Lucky Igbinedion. According to him, the record on how the fund was disbursed is already with the EFCC. Ize-Iyamu described Oshiomhole’s action as hypocritical, adding that he was also a benefactor of such fund in the past.
He said: “Now that Oshiomhole is talking of refunding the money former president Jonathan gave to the state PDP during the presidential election, he should also refund the billions of naira he collected from Jonathan in 2012 during the presidential election. Oshiomhole collected the money from Jonathan and worked against his then party, Action Congress of Nigeria in that election. He betrayed his party.
‘’He should also refund over a billion naira the former governor of Edo state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, gave to him during the 2007 governorship election in Edo State. It is a well-known fact that it was Chief Igbinedion who brought him into ACN and gave him money he used for the election.’’ Ize-Iyamu added that Oshiomhole and his “puppet governorship candidate” in the September 10 election, Godwin Obasekei, could no longer be trusted by the Edo people because they had betrayed everybody who helped them into offices in the past.
‘’Look around Oshiomhole, everybody who worked for him in the past have deserted him because he betrayed them. He has betrayed teachers, judiciary workers, commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders), market women, political associates and the Edo people in general. He can never be trusted again,” he added.
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