Edo PDP pooh-poohs APC's manipulated audio-visual recording of Ize-Iyamu
... there is no plan to declare annual public holiday to mark Esama’s
Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pooh-poohed an audio and
video recording, being circulated by the All Progressives Congress (APC)
on various media platforms, in which its (PDP) governorship candidate,
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was purported to have said that, when elected as
governor, he would declare a public holiday to celebrate annually the
birthday of the Esama’s of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Iginedion.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the
PDP said that because of the outstanding profile and acceptance of Pastor
Ize -Iyamu by the vast majority of Edo electorate, the APC, which is
contending with dwindling goodwill, had mischievously doctored the
recording to portray Pastor Ize-Iyamu in bad light in the court of public
According to the PDP, “It has come to our attention that a video is being
circulated in both the conventional media and Social Media, in which our
governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is purported to have said
that in a PDP government under his administration, the state government
will declare a public holiday to celebrate annually, the birthday of the
highly respected Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion.
“We want to say that the video in circulation is not a true reflection of
what Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said on the occasion in reference. The said
video is maliciously doctored and it is intended to portray our
outstanding candidate in bad light in the court of public opinion. Just by
reading his lips in the clip, you will see that the spoken words are
super-imposed over the words coming out of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s
“Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu never said that he would, as governor, declare a
public holiday in Edo State to celebrate the birthday of the Esama of
Benin. He also never said that the state shall take responsibility for the
elaborate celebration, which the Esama has been sponsoring by himself for
so long a time that is lost to memory.
“The PDP, with all sense of responsibility and emphasis, wishes to assure
the good people of Edo State that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu does not intend
to host at the expense of the State or declare a public holiday in
celebration of the Esama’s birthday if by the goodwill of the people, he
is returned elected as governor on September 28.”
The PDP added that “This dubious antic of the agents of the APC and other
shenanigans that need not be mentioned since the postponement of the
election that was earlier scheduled for September 10, have brought to the
fore the self-serving reasons why the election was postponed.
“It was to enable the APC buy time to execute all kinds of Machiavellian
schemes in the hope that they can deceive the electorate, while plotting
with compromised election agents of government to rig the poll.
“We are fully confident that Edo people have become more discerning and
can therefore not be deceived by the cheap tricks of a failed party that
betrayed their expectations and can no longer be trusted.
“The PDP is also convinced of the fact that the belief and trust that the
suffering masses of Edo cannot be eroded by the propaganda of the APC.
“It is important to state here that the PDP government under the
leadership of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu shall manage the resources of the
state prudently, judiciously, accountably and in the interest of all.
“Our government will not be profligate or patronizing of a few like the
incumbent APC government which goes around with a mask of hypocrisy.”
The PDP continued: “Having said, this we want to acknowledge the fact that
we are proud of our relationship with the universally acclaimed
entrepreneur and philanthropist per excellence, Sir, Chief, Dr. Gabriel
Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin.
“We are proud to say that this rare personage whose table hosts kings and
heads of nations all year round is a leader of the PDP.
“We hope to take advantage of his rare connections to advance the
development of Edo State as espoused by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in his
published covenant called the SIMPLE Agenda.
“As Edo people prepare to cast their vote to ‘change the change’ on
September 28, we appeal to them to discount the video in question here and
all other forms of propaganda by the APC.
“Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu would build a state where the state cares and the
people care for one another. Compassion and love will be abundant.”
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