- Crusoe Osagie has described the manifesto of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as outdated and controversial
- The media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki said the document does not reflect present-day realities
- Osagie assured Edo residents that a renewed mandate for Governor Godwin Obaseki will bolster the state’s economy
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The special adviser to Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has described the manifesto of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as outdated and controversial.
Speaking in Benin city on Tuesday, August 3, Osagie challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate to tell Edo people the plans he has for the state's economy, foisted by COVID-19.
Speaking on Ize-Iyamu's manifesto, the governor's media aide said: “There is no page in the so-called Simple Agenda, written by Dr Don Pedro Obaseki, where a post-COVID economy was mentioned.
“Edo people will not vote for a candidate that is still dwelling on developmental issues of 2016, the year the Simple Agenda was written.
“The issues outlined in the Simple Agenda have long been overtaken by the reality of today and the future, which Obaseki calls a post-COVID-19 economy.”
He assured the people of Edo that a renewed mandate for Governor Godwin Obaseki will bolster the state’s economy to tackle the vagaries of the post-COVID-19 era.
His words: “Our manifesto is alive to the challenges of today and the future, with specific policies and programmes tailored to reflate and stimulate the state’s economy, unlike the Simple Agenda manifesto of the opposition party, which ownership is still a controversy and bereft of strategies to tackle the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He continued: “Our focus would be on supporting businesses with low-interest loan facilities; strengthening the productive sector by prioritising the Edo Production Hub Initiative and pursuing more impactful policies in the agricultural sector.
“We will increase investment in the health care system while ensuring the statewide rollout of a responsive and well-managed health insurance scheme.”
He further stressed that “Obaseki is an economist and an expert in resource management. He will not rely on consultants, like the candidate of the APC.”
Recall that the governor's spokesman had earlier accused the APC of having no substance in their campaign, adding that the opposition party is “only adept at spinning the rumour mill and concocting alternative facts to massage the egos of their paymasters.”
He also accused the APC of shying away from an issue-based campaign “but rely primarily on tale-telling and propaganda.”
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