- The APC governorship candidate in Edo state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused Governor Obaseki of sponsoring cultists ahead of the poll
- Governorship election is holding in the state on Saturday, September 19
- Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki was recruiting, training and arming thugs and criminals to disrupt the campaign and the election
Ahead of Edo state governorship election slated for September 19, the camp of Governor Godwin Obaseki who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are reportedly engaging in a fresh face-off over sponsorship of thugs, cultists and other criminals.
The Nation reports that Ize-Iyamu on Monday, July 20, at a news conference in Benin, through the publicity secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Azebamwan, alleged that Obaseki was not bothering about campaigns, but was recruiting, training and arming thugs, cultists and other criminals to disrupt the campaign and the election.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the PDP, represented by Obaseki was beginning to go beyond acceptable means and measures for the election.
Ize-Iyamu alleged: “We are sure you are all aware that the governorship election is only a few weeks away, and for this reason, parties who are partakers in the contest are strategising and developing means to secure victory at the polls.
“Abusing state powers and behaving in a manner already seen since his unfortunate emergence in 2016, Obaseki has begun massive recruitment of thugs and criminals, but this time, officially into government. He disguises these appointments as legitimate in the guise of Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs)."
Governor Obaseki, while reacting through his special adviser on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, accused a philanthropist and a prominent indigene of Edo state, presumed to be backing Ize-Iyamu, of sponsoring confraternity war in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said he regretted making Godwin Obaseki succeed him as the governor of Edo state.
It was reported that Oshiomhole who is the immediate past governor of Edo state made the statement on Sunday, July 19, at his residence in the state.