History must have consequence to ensure that the chronicles of yesterday would become the prologue for the future. It’s therefore an obligation for the electorate of Edo State to soberly recall the tragedy of squandered resources by Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Those with healthy memories of history must respond appropriately to the existential threat facing Edo State in the current political dispensation; the awakened electorate must join forces to resist the ‘barbarian’ at Edo’s gate of political civilization; we must vanquish our imagination of the nightmare of what Ize-Iyamu in government house would mean.
Indeed, beyond his despicable concepts of governance, Ize-Iyamu seems to wallow in the culture of impunity. Particularly and peculiarly in his case, Edo people cannot afford to elect someone whose name seems to be perpetually associated with every kind of potential scandal at anytime that something smelly or secretive and booty-like is at stake.
If these stories mirror the permanence of the odious character of Ize-Iyamu, should the Edo electorate not be so informed?
The electorate will be counted among those who refused to be silent to ensure that evil does not triumph.
Though Ize-Iyamu has offered rickety excuses, he is yet to advance politically incontrovertible or morally formidable explanations on the matter of the 700 million Naira heist .
In his own words at the 12th May 2016 press conference, Ize-Iyamu admitted the delivery of the questionable 700 million naira, of how the bullion van opulently swept through Benin City lugging the cash with Ize-Iyamu as the human GPS. 700 million naira at the time in question is the equivalent of nearly 5 million US dollars or 3 million British pounds.
700 million naira could be pocket change if one belongs to the club of “kleptocrats”; these are not hardworking entrepreneurs and professionals who have sweated and toiled to create their personal wealth, but who are specialized over the years in the unwholesome artistry of pillaging our commonwealth and desecrating the temple of public service. But 700 million naira will of course be some serious money in the eyes of teachers, civil servants and pensioners who labour daily to make ends meet.
As we prepare for an election in which Ize-Iyamu is asking for our votes, don’t the electorate have the right to seek some clear and unequivocal answers from the pastor? Did Ize-Iyamu care to ask question about the source of the 700 million naira when it was delivered to him? Or did the pastor temporarily suspend the moral dictates of his sacred calling during the 700 million naira transactions?
Ize-Iyamu contends that the funds was presidential campaign money; this is not completely true because it was also resources that were plundered from the security votes meant to fight terrorism in the North-East. Which means that while Boko Haram was burning and bombing churches and killing innocent Nigerians, Ize-Iyamu was busy splitting some of the funds allocated to quell the situation.
If Ize-Iyamu as a mere campaign coordinator in 2015 general elections was acting as a secret compass for some 700 million naira bullion van, only God can heal our imagination as to what he would do if he gets executive access as governor to the entire cash vault of Edo State.
The matter is not just the plundering and booty-sharing nature, but the absolute deficit of compunction of conscience in the manner that he talks about the matter, how flagrantly and cavalierly he discusses how the money was shared, he forgets in his bubble of arrogance that the money in question is our collective wealth.
There must be no return to the culture of impunity, Edo people have seen the definition of a responsive government with Godwin Obaseki and will not return to the land of pestilence.
Therefore, it becomes an obligation for the voters to ensure that they will rise at the dawn of September 19th with a sense of historic responsibility to ensure the resounding victory for continuity.
Edo electorate shall stand before the jury of history in discharging their obligation for these times and posterity of all Edo people, and it’s certain that history will acquit them.
This is the task of our times and a duty to the future generation.
Oteghe Adams wrote from Benin-City, Edo State