A socio-political group, the Safe Edo Movement on Tuesday in Benin called out Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo state government to contest the forthcoming Edo governorship election under the APC.
The group led by its President, Mr Chris Etuakhor, disclosed this during a visit to Ize-Iyamu and said that they are confident that he is one man who could deliver on the development needs of Edo people because of his antecedents as Secretary to the state government.
Etuakhor said the mission of the group was to save the state and evolve a safe Edo adding that the group was committed to a change of government in Edo, stressing that “this is the testament of faith we will not negotiate”.
“We desire a man of the appropriate political sagacity, mental endowment and psychological wellbeing to regenerate hope for our people.
“We are here to implore you to contest for the 2020 governorship election in Edo, because we believe that you will offer a new narrative for Edo and its people, our people, your people,” he said.
Etuakhor added, ” We want the dividends of democracy that draw from the core aspects of infrastructural and social development.
On a moral plain he said their zeroing in on Ize-Iyamu is because, “we believe that as a pastor, you understand the fear of God and will imbue in our children, youths and even adults the fear of God”.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu he said, “…will engender a psyche that anchors on the absoluteness of morals as the defining integral of the human essence”.
Responding, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that he made money as a businessman and though now a farmer, he has found fulfilment in politics which is the only route to access government for the objective of improving lives by providing amenities that he cannot do as an individual.
He said the reason is that public resources are administered by government and being in government affords one the opportunity to appropriate the resources for the greater good.
Adding that his attraction to politics were ideas, manifesto and eloquence, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that today unfortunately people have become governors without history of political participation and manifesto.
He commended the group for it’s call and said that the group realizing that it was enough to lament all the time, identified the need for change and agreed that something must be done by taking action.
He then appreciated the group for identifying with the plight of Edo people, adding that he accepts the group’s call, with “every sense of humility and responsibility” the call on him to serve the state as Governor.#