We will resist attempts to rig the polls, says Osagie Ize-Iyamu
The standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the weekend vowed to resist any attempt by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the polls.
The governorship candidate, who said this at a forum in Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre, Benin City, warned that the PDP and his supporters would do everything to protect their votes and his mandate.
“This election cannot be rigged. We will defend our votes and the peoples mandate with our blood,” he said.
He lamented the on-going prosecution of 13 youths from Ovia North East for attempted murder and arson, saying their incarceration was a ploy by government to keep them out of circulation until after the election.
He also accused the state Attorney General of cooking false allegations against the youths because they support him.
“Why should the APC-led government be despotic by turning the state apparatus into a tool of victimisation?” he asked.
On infrastructure, he accused the Adams Oshiomhole-led government of inflating most of the contracts it awarded.
He alleged that the contract for the construction of a three- block classroom in an undisclosed location was awarded for N86 million.
Ize-Iyamu also cited the Airport Road as one of the inflated contracts.
According to him, the road, which was a drainpipe, was reconstructed and dualised halfway by Oshiomhole, stoping at Ogba Bridge whereas there are several communities after the bridge that ought to have benefited.
He condemned the state government’s policy on public water supply, which rather than repair the moribund dams in Okhoror, in Benin City and Ojirami Dam in Akoko-Edo Local Council area, did borehole to make public water supply.
In a related development, Ize-Iyamu promised to revive sports in the state if elected.
At a meeting with sports administrators, he lamented its decay and promised to invest in it, because of its inherent economic and social benefits.