BARBARIANS AT THE GATE
Beyond the contorted self-aggrandized tales that he is a political leader with some capacity, the unvarnished truth is that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has no real credible scorecard of electoral victory and organizational vision to his credit. In fact, the Pastor, an addicted attention seeker ought to have been denied any effort at dignifying his recent announced move to APC.
However, I resolved to offer this article as a cautionary reminder that the salesman with shinning but absolutely valueless object is coming to town, again. The barbarians at the gate.
Perhaps, the unreformed political migrant and the lead character in the sinking of Edo State into a Sodom and Gomorrah equivalence years of 1999-2007.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has deteriorated into a sickening hubris approximating situations of delirium . How could Ize-Iyamu have considered and accepted the politically suicidal proposition from anyone, even from the infamously erratic suspended national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for the Pastor to return to APC with the aspiration for a governorship ticket . It takes the apogee of arrogance steeped in storied self-aggrandizement embalmed in a culture of impunity, for anyone with the uncontested chronicles of banditry and PIRATE-LIKE orientation in the hijacking of state resources, to attempt a governorship run on any platform for Edo State in 2020. Did Ize-Iyamu come to the delusional deduction that Edo people have so suddenly and magically forgotten the pernicious and pestilent era that he ( Ize-Iyamu) represents, and the very reason why he was overwhelmingly and soundly rejected at the 2016 governorship polls?
It was considered a brazen and audacious act by a distinct majority of Edo people, when the news came with the ill wind a few days ago, that the feckless and fading apparition of Ize-Iyamu’s political ghost was about to diabolically crawl into the socio-economic Renaissance that Edo State has become. The last remarkable memory that Edo people had of Ize-Iyamu, was literally the banishment ceremony of the Pastor in the tomb of the bullion van in which he single handedly conveyed about one-billion naira of questionable public funds, allegedly, for sharing among Edo PDP leaders in the 2015 Presidential Election. I do not really know what the situation of the EFCC –instituted investigation of the matter is now. It would however be ennobling for the Pastor to answer some of the lingering questions regarding both the origin of the funds and the consequent disappearance of the one-billion naira.
Very curious in supposed return of the 2016 PDP governorship candidate to APC was the accompanying narrative that Ize-Iyamu framed. It seems that the acknowledged congenital liar that Ize-Iyamu is has never died. This is one Pastor that has never embraced the scriptural guidance that wholesome forgiveness only proceeds from genuine confession and that the continuity of terrestrial shenanigans would ultimately lead to celestial damnation. It would peculiarly in the case of, Ize- Iyamu, lead to political perdition.
After all these years , Ize-Iyamu staying loyal to his disreputable brand as a committed purveyor of falsehood, launched his alleged migration to APC, by declaring that he was ‘’returning to the house and political party of which he was a co-architect.’’ The profound falsehood of this statement represents the vintage duplicity and sordid deceit that the former PDP gubernatorial candidate embodies. In fact, akin to Adams Oshiomhole, although with some distinction without much difference, Ize-Iyamu, will always be a disaster waiting to happen in any political party to which he decamps.
By mere fact of association like everyone else at that time, it could be said that Ize-Iyamu once frolicked with the notion of APC. But to glamourize, elevate and exaggerate his inconsequential involvement, in the Edo APC metamorphosis to an Olympus height as the ‘’house and political party’’ that he co-founded, is contextually bogus. Ize-Iyamu’s rendition of the birthing APC amounts to historical revisionism.
For an initial comment, the man, pastor Ize-Iyamu, who now wants to project a parent-like ownership towards APC has spent more than the past six years trying to destroy the very political party over which he is now drooling with attestations of boundless filial love. So the PDP that offered the Pastor a governorship ticket in 2016, the political party that made him a State Director General for Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign (where he brought Jonathan electoral disaster and not good luck) and then led Atikiu’s 2019 presidential run in Edo, that party is now being maliciously denigrated by Ize-Iyamu. It must be noted that despite his serial failed performances in all the roles to which he was unjustifiably elevated by party, the equally disorganized PDP kept on according the visionless and unfocussed, Ize-Iyamu, reverence even when they knew he would fail woefully.
The commonsensical but unchangeably true Africa saying is befitting of characters like Ize-Iyamu and Adams Oshiomhole: that a dog destined for destruction will never yield to the caring calls or the cautious whispers of its owner. It should be clearly stated here that I do not by any means intend to degrade the two characters mentioned here to the bracket of canines. The essence of my comment is solely and respectfully aimed at making a larger point about reckless obstinacy on the part of assumed political leaders.
No matter how well the PDP treated Ize-Iyamu, the sickening spirit of absolute selfishness and the deficit of compunction of conscience for collective communal advancement, that abominably defines the Pastor, was bound to eventually set him out in search of other avenues for crass opportunism. He is an unreformed migrant for greener pastures. Ize-Iyamu has never either as a Chief Of Staff or Secretary to Edo State government displayed much inclination for the civics of service and the welfare of the society as a whole; Ize-Iyamu has always been at the center of the Pastors’ private and public quests and aspirations, not minding or weighing the grave consequences and the deep wounds inflicted on the existential core of the society in such pursuits.
On the contrary, the people of Edo State have witnessed the cultivation and nurturing of a new ethos of civics and patriotic re-orientation in governance and public service in the past three years.
This is not the time to open the catalogue of atrocities that Ize-Iyamu spearheaded while holding sway at the apex coven of Edo State Government in the PDP era. The full story of what happened to such profit-yielding companies, like Bendel Breweries and similarly performing other state enterprises, that the Pastor cannibalized while in government is not the kind of narrative that an APC 2020 governorship aspirant wants to own. The Biblical prodigal son definitely had far more redeeming credentials qualifications for return home than our political pastor, when one examine the level of barbaric squandering of Edo State resources organized under captainship of Ize-Iyamu.
It should however be noted in this instance that, Ize-Iyamu, unlike the prodigal son does not even possess the unpolluted bloodline of APC, and therefore has no APC political home to which he would be welcomed. Consequently, having now turned around to compensate the immense hospitality of the PDP with unpardonable ingratitude, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, may be set for a perpetually long nomadic political life.
In the Pastor’s absence, Edo people have crossed the Red Sea, and will not return to Ize-Iyamu’s Philistine, not now, not in 2020.