Campaign Battle: Edo Decides Obaseki vs Ize Iyamu

The Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship  candidate and incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called on leaders and residents of Agbede in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state to provide his administration with 10 hectares of land where a trailer park will be constructed to improve economic activities in the area.

Obaseki disclosed this while Addressing party faithful in Ward 7, Agbede, during his re-election campaign rally. He  thanked the people for their support over the last three years and eight months, promising to sustain the development in the area if re-elected.

The governor also promised to construct more roads and other infrastructural facilities to better the welfare and livelihood of the people.

In his words: “The number of trailers that pass or park here on a daily basis is up to 1,000 and if I am given 10 hectares of land, I will build a trailer park and these drivers will patronize your business and this will consequently improve economic activities.This election is for our freedom; freedom from oppression and god-father-ism. It is an election that will free us from selfish and self-centered politicians in the state”, he said.

He reassured the people that his administration will not relent in bringing more infrastructural projects to the area, especially roads.

“I have done the designs of some of your important roads; we have started with the bridge and immediately we complete it, we will commence work on the roads.We have invested in healthcare system in Edo State; we have started the Edo Health Improvement Programme (EDOHIP), where we have stable electricity, water and qualified health officers for our people”, Obaseki added.

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu yesterday, described the level of insecurity in the State as alarming.and promised to rejig the security apparatus in Edo State if elected into office as governor.

He made the promise while praying for the repose of the soul of the late Speaker of Edo Assembly, Rt Hon Zakawanu Garuba in Auchi.

The aspirant who made security the first item in his manifesto, while addressing supporters and decampers from the PDP at the Auchi Polytechnic Sports Field, venue of the Etsako West APC gubernatorial campaign, promised to encourage security agencies and vigilante groups for the safety of the Edo people. He stated that the present government has failed to do so.

He said, “if there’s no security, development is impossible. There’s too much insecurity in our state. Those days when I was in government, we supported Vigilante. When Comrade (Oshiomhole) was governor he supported them but not so for the present government”.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu also promised to run a government that will develop all and not parts of the state, saying

“A governor who does not have the welfare of his people at heart cannot continue in office. We want a governor who respects people and one who will not order the arrest of its Leaders”

As the battle for the seat continues, the leading candidates for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, APC are leaving the masses in thoughts.

The big question is, will campaign promises be fulfilled?

Edo and Nigeria awaits to see reality.

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