The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that he is contesting to right the many wrongs of the last seven and a half years by the All Progressives Congress(APC) government in the state.
He said the spiritual and physical situation of Edo State during the period is very bad with the people who voted for change mourning at the increasing level of poverty across the land orchestrated by a failed government.
Ize-Iyamu in the company of his wife, who is also a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, spoke while addressing over 100 Pentecostal Ministers who converged on the Church Hall of the Christian Gospel Mission under the aegis of the Christian Leaders Forum in Benin City yesterday.
”One does not want to contest because one is a Pastor. In Edo State, people are mourning. Poverty has not been as established as we see it today. There is no time in our state that cultism has been promoted than in the last seven and a half years”, he said.
He explained that he is seeking the office of governor to right the wrongs of bad governance by a government that has not only promoted vices and banality but deployed state resources for that purpose in the state, adding “a lot of things are wrong with our state. Things are wrong spiritually. Things are wrong physically. I am going to government as your representative. I am going to government as your voice. I will not disappoint you or destroy your confidence”.
Quoting the Scriptural passage which says that ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge’ and ‘ where there is no vision the people perish, the PDP candidate challenged the Pastors to question the outrageous expenses of the outgoing government in terms of receipts from statutory allocations to date.
Presenting the gathering with copies of what he called ‘my covenant with Edo people’, called ‘SIMPLE Agenda’, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said the document is designed to let Edo People know of his plans if elected as governor.
The document, he said details how he plans to change the present state of despair across the length and breadth of Edo State into one of hope where once again the dignity of every person will be restored and the air of poverty blown away for good.
In his own remarks, the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih appreciated the Minsters of the gospel for availing the party of a man of Ize-Iyamu’s calibre and assured them of good governance if he is elected governor in September.