EDO AS a state and a people have not fared well under Governor Adams Oshiomhole, despite receiving well over N1.4trillion as statutory allocations from the federation account in seven and half years. PDP governorship candidate in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu while assessing the state yesterday at the Otaru of Auchi’s palace, said‎ the funds that had accrued to Edo were more than enough for a good government to lay a solid foundation for the economic development of the state. “As at today if you look at Edo State, we have not fared well. We have a teeming population of youths; what has been done by the government to get them fully engaged? Instead what we see are few roads being rehabilitated along with renovation of schools; no new schools and no new roads,” Ize-Iyamu said. He informed that he was at the Otaru’s palace to ask for his royal blessings and to also let him know that beyond partnering the World Bank to complete the Auchi erosion control project, if elected, his government would facilitate an improvement in the outlook of Auchi town and many other towns across the state.
Presenting the monarch with copies of his simple agenda which he labelled his covenant with Edo people Ize-Iyamu argued that “Edo north is a solid mineral base and the government ought to have made the area the hub of the solid mineral industry in the country,” adding that “I have a deep insight into how government should be run.” The governorship candidate promised to run an all-inclusive government that would bring on board men and women to play active roles, irrespective of their faith, lamenting that under Oshiomhole, Muslims had been sidelined in terms of appointments. “We are promising a government that will ensure fairness in appointments ‎in terms of 18 local governments, religion; we will give everybody a sense of belonging.” In his response, the Otaru of Auchi, HRH Alhaji Ikelebe Monoh III blamed politicians for the country’s present predicament, adding that the country was being chastised for her sins over the years. He prayed that Almighty Allah would give Edo State a good governor that is after His heart while sustaining Pastor Ize-Iyamu with all he needs as he goes about his campaign across the state


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