Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s glorious entry back into the APC, no doubt has changed the political calculations for the Edo2020 gubernatorial election scheduled for September 19th, 2020.However, there have been so many misconceptions about this realignment. While many are of the view that they weren’t carried along, others feel it is suicidal.Many still wonder why Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has this cordiality with his supporters, the reason isn’t far fetched, he tries to picture himself in the position of others, to the extent he seeks your opinion on issues tagged very critical no matter the person’s status unlike some who maintain a “servant master” relationship. The more reason why he commands greater respect and massive followership.A basic element of speech which has been so bastardized in the past months and erroneously attached to “The Leader” as he is popularly called is the word “Desperation”. Though, I wouldn’t blame them for drifting so low to reason this way. But succinctly, the best word that aptly describes Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is his unwavering “Persistency”.Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu sowed a seed of his political activism long ago during his university days as a committed and vibrant member of the Student Union Congress and being highly instrumental to the election of several presidents and executive members of the Student Union at the University of Benin.That experience proved vital as he became one of those very pivotal under Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion’s regime, this earned him the position of Special Assistant to then Chairman of Oredo Local Government Council, in 1993.Later appointed as the Chief of Staff, under the administration of Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, Executive Governor of Edo State from 1999 to 2003 – as a reward of his loyalty and trust, he was subsequently elevated into the enviable position of Secretary to State Government, the engine room of any administration, formulating workable policies and strategies, fostering confidence across the operational organs of government thus establishing his competence on the job, stood him out!As one of those who was instrumental in installing Oshiomhole as Governor, Ize-Iyamu was appointed Director General of Oshiomhole’s second term bid under ACN, the outcome was historic, which saw him deliver 18/18 Local Government Areas in Edo state.Not forgetting, the formative stage of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ize-Iyamu was one of the founding fathers of the party, serving as Vice-chairman constitution drafting committee during the merger process and Deputy National Chairman South/South.Thereafter, he became Director General to former President, Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan’s Campaign in 2015, winning the state also.A governorship candidate of the PDP in 2016 and Director General to the presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP in 2019, the state he equally delivered.These unhidden achievements clearly illustrates the fact that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been so persistent and not desperate politically as some few might think because every position he held in the past was predicated on merit, his proven capacity and competence.Opulently humble, his magnanimity, transparency, a loving family man with a forgiving heart and charismatic can also be attributed as some of the reasons why Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu still remains so relevant politically. On a daily basis spanning for years, I have witnessed Ize-Iyamu both at his residence, office and church, doing good to humanity by rendering assistance to those in need. Moving further, he has also done his best by ensuring issues and grievances are amicably resolved which would have resulted into irreparable losses. These testimonies I am sharing are just few of the things he has consistently done, not to talk of his service to God.In an encounter with God after been involved in a ghastly accident in 1995, which was a major turning point in his life and afterwards ordained as a Pastor under the Redeemed Christian Church Of Good (RCCG), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been preaching the message of “HOPE”, which he has snowballed into the current Coronavirus pandemic. His message during this very challenging times hasn’t changed either as he has through the distribution of food relief materials, face mask, hand sanitizers, organizing press briefings, informational materials, online engagements, sermons, TV, and radio programs have been so persistent preaching the message of “HOPE”, no wonder Desmond Tutu said that, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”.In a nutshell, to those whose mindset is still held back by the notion that Ize-Iyamu never carried them along? I will like to say that Ize-Iyamu being a very accessible politician can be reach at any time depending on the genuinity of your concern. Also before his formal declaration into the progressives, relevant stakeholders both high and low were reached – our profound apologies, to those who felt sidelined though not intentional.I will also appeal to those in the aforementioned categories to put their grievances aside, bring back those jolly moments, disabuse our mind from this erroneous fallacies and embrace a new order ready and prepared through the SIMPLE AGENDA, in place to redefined governance in Edo.The time is now to key into God’s own project even as the APC primary is just less than 6 weeks away from today, all hands must be on deck to ensure Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu becomes victory.Edo Must Move Forward!Written by Edoko Wilson Edoko, a social commentator based in Benin.

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