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APC chieftain seeks support for Obaseki

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City
12 August 2016   |   1:58 am
Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lawrence Orkah said his party’s candidate; Godwin Obaseki has a better programme for the poor than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The All Progressives Congress' governorship candidate in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lawrence Orkah said his party’s candidate; Godwin Obaseki has a better programme for the poor than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

He told The Guardian that he knows the two candidates and their capabilities, having been in the PDP with Ize-Iyamu for many years.“Some of us knew when he started his political life through Lucky Igbinedion and like many politicians in the PDP, he plays selfish politics. He always thinks about himself and not the poor because he is a core politician,” he said.

He restated: “When you look at their programmes and how Obaseki has been campaigning, you will observe that because he is coming from the private sector, he is sincere in his promises. He thinks more about the poor masses rather than the rich.”

Orkah explained that Obaseki’s experience in the private sector and his seven and half years as chairman of the state’s economic team, gives him a better chance to win.
“I don’t want to consider what Oshiomhole and the APC have done in Edo already, because when you add that, it would amaze you where PDP will get its votes from.” he added.

He expressed concern at the uncertainty in the PDP due to leadership crisis, fuelling speculations that Ize-Iyamu’s candidacy may not be sacrosanct.Orkah added: “I have read severally in the papers where Ize-Iyamu tried to compare himself with Obaseki, but there is no basis for comparism.”

According to him, what appears to be deceiving most people including Ize-Iyamu, which is an advantage for Obaseki, is that Obaseki over the years does not speak to the press and that is why Ize-Iyamu is seeing himself as popular.

“But when you look deep, you will find out that most of our people are supporting Obaseki because they see him as non-political and more sincere in his promises than Ize-Iyamu.”

“Each time Ize-Iyamu speaks, you will see the background he is coming from and our people will never go back to the dark days Ize-Iyamu and his godfathers put the people of Edo State in.”