The Edo state governorship elections slated to take place in September 19 has seen the two major camps on each other’s jugular. It has been a gale of accusations and counter accusations from the Governor Obaseki and former APC chairman Oshiomhole’s camps, with each trying to use every arsenal at their disposal to undo the other.
The latest salvo is coming from the state’s Deputy Governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu, accusing the deputy speaker, Hon. Yekini Idiaye, and another member of the house, Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, of collecting N40 million each from the former national of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshomhole, to support the party’s candidate in the forth-coming election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The Deputy Governor, has called on the people of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area (LGA) to ask their representatives at the state’s House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye and Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, for their share of the N40 million given to each of them by the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, to influence their support for the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Addressing supporters on Tuesday during a campaign rally in Lampese, Akoko-Edo LGA, Shaibu said the Deputy Speaker who is representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I, Idiaye, and member representing Akoko-Edo Constituency II, Agbaje, were paid N40 million each to influence their support for Ize-Iyamu.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and his Deputy, Shaibu, on Monday kicked off their re-election campaign in Edo North Senatorial District, with a visit to the palace of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II, where were received by the traditional ruler and his people.
Shaibu, commended the people for their supports and urged them to remain calm as according to him the leadership of the EDHA is solidly behind the governor,:
“The Speaker of the EDHA and all the principal officers are supporting the governor while the few that left, did so because His Excellency declined their demands for money due to his love and interest of Edo people.
“Hon Agbaje and Hon. Yekini collected N40 million each to sell their support for Ize-Iyamu. Oshiomhole also gave N5 million each to councilors to switch loyalty and support the APC candidate. I had a meeting with these lawmakers who demanded $10,000 but I told them Obaseki is not a governor that shares money but uses such money for the development of Edo State. Use your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to vote these corrupt leaders out of office”, Shaibu charged the people.
The Deputy Governor called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ask Oshiomhole where he got the money he is throwing around, noting that the President Muhammadu Buhari who has zero tolerance for corruption should be worried by Oshiomhole’s conducts.