By Lucky Isibor
The PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 Edo state governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has failed Nigerians accusing the administration of hypocrisy.
Ize-Iyamu stated this Tuesday, at a rally organised by the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP to mark democracy day in Benin City, Edo state.
Ize Iyamu who was last Thursday arraigned along four other PDP chieftains before a federal high court sitting in Benin for money laundering, said the trial is designed to cow and silence PDP leaders in the state.
While pointing out that the ruling party is hypothetical, Ize-Iyamu said, “they said we collected money for presidential election• Who does not spend money for election? They said if any person is given more than five million naira, he is guilty of money laundering.
“The hypocrisy, the lies, the deceit is too much. I want to tell you that corruption is worst today in Nigeria• Insecurity is worrisome, Fulani herdsmen are killing people; we can’t even go to the farm and they want us to still vote for that government”, he said.
Also speaking at the rally which was also attended by members of other political parties, state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, said their trial is aimed at the reintroduction of dictatorship in the country and challenged the people to stop it during the next general elections.
According to Orbih who was represented by the state publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare, “Edo people should stand up to be counted that democracy is sustained here in Edo state because what they’re planning to do is not just to break us, but to reintroduce dictatorship back to the system and we must stop it.
While pointing out that the next election is not just about voting PDP to power, but about rescuing democracy, Orbih carpeted those who charged them to court and maintained that the PDP leaders did not commit any offence affirming that, “what happened, money was sent to Edo state to run logistics for the last election in 2015. There was an account set up for that purpose.
“The next election is not about voting the PDP into power, but for the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
“For sixteen years, the PDP built democracy, unity and love for all Nigerians• But for the past three years this government has brought disaster upon Nigerians, not just upon Nigerians, but even upon APC members. Am sure you know the APC is more divided today than any other party has been in Nigeria”.
Also speaking, the gubernatorial running mate to Pastor Ize-Iyamu in the Edo 2016 governorship election, Hon John Yakubu, urged PDP faithful to get ready with their PVC to change the present government during the 2019 election, saying, “Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the PDP as the ruling party has failed all round to meet their desires and aspirations, we will give them bread and butter, and give them programs that will deliver them from their present hardship”.