The OTITI-ESAN KWOLEGBE a coalition of Edo Central/Esan nationals on Thursday asked all Edo people to support the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by voting the APC to win the September governorship polls in the state.
Addressing newsmen, Prince Tony Omoaghe, Convener of the group said after due consultations, the Esan people have decided that to actualize the agenda for the emergence of an Esan Governor, it was safer to pitch tent with Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
‘We call on all our Esan sons and daughters, friends and well-intended associates of Esanland, to leverage our age-long intellectual and industrious input, to mobilize all and sundry towards the successful realization of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) agenda if the dreams of Esanland must be achieved".
This conclusion he added was after, "we have consulted far and wide, we have searched our minds and interrogated various scenarios, and have come to the conclusion that the candidate who shows us love and has our interest at heart, is the one deserving of our support".
He said, "Since the inception of civil rule in 1999, Edo Central Senatorial District has burn the brunt of marginalization in all facets of social, political and infrastructural developments, that was further kindled with the short-lived administration of Prof. Osariemen Osunbor.
"His tenure, which would have brought relief and social Justice to Esanland was truncated by forces beyond our control. However, since that unfortunate incident of history, our collective efforts have been geared towards agitating and plotting several interactive graphs that would rightly accord us our pride of place in the political equation of Edo State".
"We call on Esan people and leaders not to be deceived by vain promises made by those who have consistently betrayed our aspirations. Some ‘leaders’, who consider their interest more Paramount than that of the people, have again recently sold our future and the Commonwealth of Esanland on mere receipt of political ‘portage’.
Now, Prince Omoaghe said Esan deserve a better lease of life and as a strategic Senatorial District, and so, "we resist further attempts at marginalization in the hands of Governor Obaseki".
He said this is because, "The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, does not appear to me a promise keeper. He also does not have the interest of Esanland in mind.
In the past four years of his administration, he has had many opportunities to assuage the visible marginalization in Esanland, but turned his back against us. We can count a litany of such indiscretion against our land.
There are no visible development in any of our LGA towns and villages, our local schools don’t have teachers, no laboratories or library in any of our public schools, Nearly all school buildings are derelict, no government presence in the health sector, all Primary Health Centers have been virtually abandoned because of poor staffing and lack of equipment.
No attention is accorded to repair or construct access roads, even the Federal government initiated SEEFOR program for rural road development is not visible in Esanland. All the access roads to Esanland, whether through Igbanke to Igueben, or through Ehor to Ogwa, or through Auchi to Ekpoma have all failed".
Omoaghe added, "There has been no appointment of Esansons into any responsible government positions in the last four years. We have not seen the much desired love and attention to our needs to convince us that when reelected, Obaseki will be a ‘newman’".
"The 60MVA transformer at Irrua, which was facilitated by Rt Hon Patrick Ikhariale, (while he was at the House of Representatives), that was installed to provide regular and stable electricity to Esanland was forcefully removed at the instance of Governor Obaseki to unapproved location outside Edo Central".
" All Esan roads and infrastructures provisioned in the last four years’ budgets were never done, thus making easy access to our towns and cities impossble. The Federal college of Education approved to be cited in Irrua was arbitrarily relocated to Ekiadolor in Edo South, where the Tayo Akpata University of Education was abandoned".
He said, "Today, he claims credit for the ongoing infrastructural facelifts in Ambrose Alli University. To the contrary, facts reveal that the projects in AAU are sponsored by the Federal government under the TETFUND intervention scheme for tertiary institutions. Rather, the Obaseki regime has drastically reduced the monthly statutory subvention to AAU, thus constraining their academic operations".
Prince Omoaghe said, " Esanland has no portable WATER, the Ugbalo water project co-sponsored with the Federal government has been abandoned for lack of counterpart funding. While our villages are ravaged by gully erosion, the Edo government refused to apply the approved Ecological funds sourced from the Federal authority in solving this problem".
"Furthermore, the incumbent Governor refused when he had opportunity to make an Esanman the Head of Service of Edo State, the Secretary to State Government, as well as Chief of Staff, when the occasions arose. He by-passed us and gave the positions to his cronies from other areas of the state, thus furthering our political marginalization as a People".
On why the Esan endorsed the APC candidate, v he said it is because, "We have studied their various election agenda and believe that our hopes and aspirations are best represented in the SIMPLE AGENDA of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, (APC)".
" The SIMPLE AGENDA, as documented, is a reflection of the aspiration of the needs of Esanland. It addresses inter alia all challenges of our corporate existence".
He said, "We have extracted a solid commitment from the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, that there will be a deliberate intervention in the Infrastructural renewal of all five LGA’s in Esanland. We believe he will deliver on all promises.
"We therefore call on all Esan sons and daughters at home and the Diaspora to vote massively for APC in the election come September 19th, 2020; for we see Hope and great promise in the SIMPLE AGENDA of Pastor Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu" #