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Igbinedion Spent Money On Oshiomhole’s Election In 2007– Ize-Iyamu

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Posted: Jul 26, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

 

Benin – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate, has revealed that the funds Oshiomhole was accusing his predecessor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, of looting from the state treasury was part of the money expended to finance his (Oshiomhole) election in 2007.

Ize-Iyamu, who was secretary to that government spoke for the first time since Igbinedion left office in 2007 on how Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s election was prosecuted in 2007.

He said if there was any money to be refunded by his predecessor, it should be that expended on Oshiomhole’s election in 2007 by Chief Lucky Igbinedion because it was part of the funds for which the former governor was being prosecuted.

According to Ize-Iyamu, “My asking him to refund the money has become necessary because Governor Oshiomhole has consistently accused his predecessor of looting the state treasury.”

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who made the revelation at the unveiling of a book titled ‘Betrayal of Trust’ written by an ex-aide to Governor Oshiomhole, Mr. Orobosa Omo-Ojo, admitted that the man behind the mask that financed Governor Oshiomhole’s election in 2007 was Chief Igbinedion.

The PDP governorship candidate said Lucky Igbinedion was one of the biggest contributors to the money that was spent to making Oshiomhole governor, pointing out that Oshiomhole as president of the NLC never protested against Lucky’s policies because he deliberately needed Igbinedion’s friendship.

Ize-Iyamu also called on Governor Oshiomhole to refund the money collected from President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 to ensure the defunct ACN lost the presidential election.

Lucky Igbinedion, according to him, recommended Oshiomhole to some of us that people are saying he had not done well, let him appoint a man who is popular, who appears to have popularity among the people.

“Let it be on record that he helped him to become governor. That was how he introduced Oshiomhole. We did it for two reasons.

“First was that because Edo is one and an Afenmai man has never become the governor. We felt it was time for an Afenmai man to become the governor. I also bought the story of Lucky Igbinedion that this man just left office as president of the NLC.

“This man will be interested in the masses, he will be interested in our pensioners, he will be interested in students. This man will excel. On that note, we supported him. The former governor also told us that Oshiomhole had no money and we have to put all the resources together to support him.

“When he is busying talking about Lucky Igbinedion, let Edo people know that it was Lucky Igbinedion that brought him. In 2007, I want him to tell Edo people where he got the money he spent to become governor.

“In case, he has forgotten, I will like to remind him that most of the money used to prosecute that election comes from Lucky Igbinedion. Since he is saying Lucky Igbinedion stole Edo State money, can he please refund the money he collected from Lucky.

“In 2012, Oshiomhole was in ACN. I know that a governor in ACN collected money from Jonathan in 2012 to betray his party such that ACN lost in Edo.

“I did not betray my party. A governor collected money from Jonathan to betray his party and ensure his party lost in Edo. As he is talking about people refunding money, please remind him to refund the money he collected from President Jonathan. He should please refund that money.

“Let me confess that when I was his DG, he brought a lot of money for us to use for campaign, I don’t know where he got that money from. I have been told he got that money from the state government’s coffers. Can he please refund the money.”

Author of the book, who was a former Commissioner for Transport, Orobosa Omo-Ojo, said the book gave an insight into the person and administrative style of Governor Oshiomhole.

He said the book revealed those that supported Oshiomhole to power and why Oshiomhole lost focus in governance.