Edo North PDP leaders pledge support for Pastor Ize-Iyamu ahead 2016 election
By – Tony Osas Okungbowa
The leadership of Edo north senatorial district have today unanimously pledged their support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in his bid to clinch the PDP gubernatorial ticket in the forthcoming PDP primaries of the party in Edo state.
Speaking today, Thursday, at 11.30am, in the presence of hundreds of party supporters, residents and journalists, at Afuze, former and present political office holders, unanimously pledged mass and class support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at a normal courtesy visit that turned out to be a sort of endorsement event, where the word ‘endorsement’ was freely used by all the leaders in Edo north present.
Speaking on behalf of leaders of Edo north, leader of Edo north and former senator representing Edo north, Senator Yisa Braimoh, pledged the 100% support of the members and delegates of the Edo north senatorial district for the aspiration of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and assured that the delegates of the region have resolved to support and vote for Pastor at the forthcoming PDP primaries.
“I want to let you know for the records. I know that there are about 4 aspirants in the race. The bible said we should knock and the door shall be opened for you. One cannot open the door to anyone who does not knock at your door. As a senator none of the other aspirants has knocked at my door. The only one who has consistently knocked is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. And he is not an upstart politician. He is a successful lawyer, farmer and politician. To crown it up, he added God to it. This is why the whole leadership of Edo north PDP have therefore endorsed pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu for the governor of Edo state in 2016. Ize-Iyamu has been tried, tested and he is trusted. In addition to the three Ts, there are four ingredients needed in leadership; “Intelligence, energy, integrity and pedigree (what one has achieved in the past). I know very well that Our Excellency in waiting has all the said ingredients of leadership.” Senator Yisa Braimoh said.
All the other leaders of the Edo north senatorial district, with the exception of one who was giving his daughter out in marriage about the same time, took turns to endorse the statement of Senator Yisa Braimoh.
The Senatorial leader of the Edo north PDP endorsed the endorsement by Senator Yisa Braimoh of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
On his part, three times Commissioner in Edo state, Mr Ebozojie, said that he endorsed what their leader Yisa Braimoh had said and that he had nothing else to add.
“On behalf or Edo north, we are saying welcome. For your simplicity and modesty, the light has come and we are praying so that perpetual light through you shall return to Edo state. One unique thing about you is that your name is Osagie – God sent. All we need to do is to collaborate with you to lead us to the promised land. We wish you grace and goodluck.” Ebozojie said.
Mrs Osemojie, the PDP woman leader of Edo north, said “I don’t have much to say. Our father the senator has spoken and I don’t have anything to add.”
The youth leader also endorsed the words of the senator. And there were shoutsnand screams of “We have endorsed you!” by the youths who came in their large numbers.
Responding, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu thanked the people for their warm reception, eulogising also the persona of Senator Yisa Braimoh who he described as a senior brother. Pastor Ize-Iyamu pledged to continue with all projects that were started in Edo north by previous administrations and also to do even more when elected, especially in areas of agriculture, solid minerals and sports.
“Let me make a firm promise, I pledge before you and before God that when I become governor of Edo state, Edo north will witness greater developments than ever before. I see myself also as a son of Edo north and whatever have been done here by previous administration I will do more. Not much has been done in the two Owan local government areas, in Akoko Edo and in Etsako East and Central local government areas. Even in Etsako West, the development was restricted to a small community. Edo north has solid minerals everywhere. I am surprised that for eight years no industry or factory was established here. When we come on board, we shall develop and positively transform the whole of Edo state.” Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr Jaret Tenebe, a senior party man and opinion leader, thanked Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for his visit and wished him success at the polls.