Letter to Edo State PDP Governorship Candidate
Dear Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
As a patriotic and tax paying citizen of Edo state I have followed your campaign and those of other candidates with keen interest since the quality of life in the state for the next four years depend on the outcome of the poll. My observation is that you have become bogged down with complaints at your not enjoying widespread acceptability in the state.
I am therefore writing to offer you a winning strategy even as I point out existing flaws that you must address.
Your SIMPLE agenda is one that I have taken a critical look at and I daresay it does not offer much by way of difference from your first coming as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) under the administration of Lucky Igbinedion as governor.
Security And Social Welfare, Infrastructural Development, Manpower Development Public Private Partnership, Leadership, And Employment Creation (SIMPLE) is no different from the empty promises that has been the hallmark of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rule in the several states and at the federal level where it has wrought destruction in Nigeria. You have to get creative and tell Edo people something different.
The title of ‘pastor’ that precedes your name almost got me to make up my mind in favour of your candidacy but then I remember ‘Kpelebe’ and the reign of terror that you previous incarnation at the University of Benin unleashed on hapless students in those days. It would have been possible to overlook those days as the effect of youthful exuberance and to think your rustication from the school was enough punishment for whatever doggy offences but you have wished this dark side of you away without addressing it on the campaign trail. The least you could do is to bring the victim of your attack, who is today disabled, to one of your platforms to publicly tell Edo people how your action ruined his life and to declare whether or not he has forgiven you.
Legal luminary, Professor Itse Sagay, chaired the panel that rusticated you. Today, Professor Sagay chairs the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, which may yet decide your fate in the allegation of corruption that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has against you.
True to your habit, you have tried to avoid responsibility by claiming your share from the Armsgate fraud was for your party, the PDP. By this singular admission you have confirmed to the people of Edo state that the party on whose platform you are trying to jointly run for governorship election with Matthew Iduoriyekemwen. Perhaps, only such chronic corruption would make a party field two candidates where the law specifies one candidate.
I believe that this dismal dossier was behind your desperate effort to dismiss the strongest contender in the race, Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for having the incumbent governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on his campaign trail. I totally agree with you that by having Oshiomhole on the campaign trail, Obaseki has advantage over you. His boss, the governor is campaigning for him with his landmark of achievements of almost eight years. These achievements are easily verifiable and using them for campaign is already swaying Edo people to identify with Obaseki.
Fortunately however, you to have a boss in Lucky Igbinedion, whom you also worked with for eight years. The shift in election date has auspiciously bought you more time. So the winning strategy I am recommending is that you should get Lucky Igbinedion to take you around the 18 local government councils during the follow up campaign you are soon undertake so that he can use the achievements of his eight years in office to persuade the electorates to vote for you.
Be assured that this strategy has been discussed at too many informal fora and the prevailing consensus is that Edo people would be persuaded if you can get Lucky Igbinedion to personally speak to them on your behalf. It is SIMPLE.
Accept the assurances of my best esteem,