By Victor Osehobo
In a few weeks time, Edo state APC faithfuls will be heading to the polls to elect a flagbearer who will contest the September 2020 elections for a new governor as the current governor’s term in office expires in November.
The foremost aspirant to the office is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who has already declared his intention to run for the governorship position with frantic consultations and interactive activities already kicking off between him, key party leaders and elders, as well as stakeholders in the Edo APC and even beyond.
The race is not going to be a swift one, neither is it going to be by power or might. This time, the APC in Edo state will go on a short period of soul searching, stock taking, and reflection and come up with a determination to choose wisely in the interest of the state and the future generations to come.
The reason for this is common knowledge and not far fetched. As a citizen I have seen how society should be organized. From my formative years, and trips abroad, I have seen and experienced the role of government in the lives of citizens; what a normal society should be and what responsible and responsive governance is all about. Today Edo is suffering as a state.
I love my state, Edo and I dream of the day when Edo state will come close to what I have seen and experienced in some other States and even abroad. It does not have to be exactly the same. I believe that if the dream can start to manifest in Edo state, with a leader who has passion for the people and wants to deliver governance for the greater Good.
That person is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. With Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as APC candidate in this year’s elect, chances are that Edo can become a model and this will spread to the rest of the country and perhaps the dream of a better Nigeria will come true. An Edo state where normalcy will hold sway.
I see that opportunity in my state. It begins with the party, the ruling party at Abuja and Benin City, the All Progressives Congress, APC. If the right choice of candidate is made now, the state can aspire to the next level and the dream of a better Edo state will surely come true.
I am particularly intrigued by the intention of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to run for the governorship of Edo state. Do not get me wrong, I know that Edo state is full of educated and noble men even amongst the current aspirants to the governor’s office. But my dear APC stakeholders of Edo state, when the chips are down, when push comes to shove and we start to draw comparisons there will be no match for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in contemporary Edo state political chemistry.
It is nonetheless, not within the purview of this article to start drawing comparisons. Am actually writing is to present to our respected Edo APC leaders and stakeholders, the man, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI). He is the man I earnestly believe can move Edo state forward and make the dream of a model state come true in Nigeria and the rest of the country can borrow a leaf from his government.
My regard and recommendation of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, among other factors stem from my perception of his confidence and candour. His is a vocal voice, fearless and honoured when it is heard, to speak truth to looming anarchy.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s voice is loud and clear in his declaration that Edo state is not under captivity in any guise.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man with an extremely imposing personality. His clean shave captions a sage, and there is an aura of colossal presence about him. He is a man that naturally captures anyone’s consciousness like an elephant in the room.
A no nonsense man, born again, spirit-filled, yet humble and modest. I am sure that anyone who has met, or been in close contact with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu would agree with me that he is a beacon of light that occupies a very personal place in the hearts and minds of many.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a pure family man and a lover of children with a jovial personality. The first reason why I believe in this man is his fearlessness, courage and boldness. He is never scared of speaking the truth no matter whose ox is gored.
PastorOsagie Ize-Iyamu as sternly and fearsome as he looks, is one of the most loving family man I have ever seen. Married to Idia, his loving wife of many years, together they have children, and it is always a delight to see how very attached to his family this man is.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s other passion, and the one the APC and the people of Edo State should cherish and rally round him for, is his passion for his homeland and home state of Edo.
This is a love and commitment that he has nurtured since childhood, when his father donated, free, the first upstairs in Benin City, which served as the Secretariat of the then Midwest Movement.I did not realize how passionate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is about Edo state, until I heard him explain his rationale for being in politics and returning to the APC. “There are some people who see the political party as a place to interact, to meet people or as the place to make some money even if it means selling their own party. They have no intention of contesting for political offices; They have no intention of accessing government. I have my own reasons for being in a political party like the APC. I desire good governance. In the APC, I can access government and a government that can excel in delivering services to the people. This way whatever praise that government gets, will rub off on me”.
Ever the crowd mover, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a captivating orator. A lawyer and Preacher, he says, “I am back to the APC because I believe that it is a platform that we built; it is a platform that our people believe can help us to actualise our dream. For me and for now, the issue for now is to go into the party, integrate and see what value we can bring in”.
The reason I believe in Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the fact that he is energetic, result oriented and purpose driven. This is the quality that has dropped out of governance in Edo state in the last three years. The essential POI as his supporters refer to him, has become a brand for principled resistance to all manner of obnoxious practices in the politics of Edo state.
This is why I believe it is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who can make the dream come true for Edo state.I passionately implore the good leaders and stakeholders and all Edo APC to strictly scrutinize the next individual to be elected as the candidate of the party for the office of governor, by checking their past records. When this is done, I am sure you will find no match for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in contemporary Edo state.
The case for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate and the next governor of Edo state is inexhaustible. I pray, urge and implore the Edo APC leaders and stakeholders, to now reflect deeply, take stock, reevaluate, be sincere with themselves, seize this golden opportunity, and rally round the man, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. They will not regret their wise decision, this time around!