- The APC candidate in the oncoming Edo election, Ize-Iyamu, is unhappy with the state government
- Ize-Iyamu accused the Governor Obaseki-led administration of destroying his campaign posters
- The former PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 Edo governorship election said democracy should be practised with tolerance and respect for the rule of law
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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the oncoming Edo election, has slammed state governor, Godwin Obaseki, for allegedly destroying his campaign posters.
An angry Ize-Iyamu tweeted his displeasure on Saturday, July 18.
The APC candidate tweeted a video of some Edo state residents complaining about the destruction of a poster.
Ize-Iyamu said: "The mindless vandalism of our outdoor billboards and other campaign posters by the Edo State Government is political desperation taken too far. Our people have spoken, in very clear terms, that we do not want this kind of politics."
The APC candidate condemned the Obaseki government for shunning the principles of democracy in order to win an election.
"Democracy is founded on the salient principles of tolerance, respect for the rule of law, free choice, and fair play.
"These are the guardrails that prevent us from descending into chaos. It is sad, and condemnable, that the Edo State Govt continues to put them under threat with reckless and provocative comments, media blackmail characterized by falsehood, and criminal actions of intolerance.
"This is not leadership. Election should be a civil contest of ideas, not a free for all," Ize-Iyamu added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported also that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the final list of party candidates vying for the seat of Edo government house.
The electoral body made the announcement on Saturday, July 18, via a statement by its commissioner, Festus Okoye.
Okoye said the names of the party flagbearers have been published in its office in Edo.
INEC stated that with the final list, parties will no longer be able to make a substitution to the names earlier submitted. This validates the body's declaration on Tuesday, June 30, which recognised both Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Governor Godwin Obaseki as the flagbearers of their respective parties.
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