Opposition party ready for Edo Governorship election

By Imelda Igbogi-Green, Lagos

Dr.Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the PDP Aspirant for Edo State Governorship election billed for September 28, 2016

The main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is set for the September 28 governorship election in Edo State.

Its flag-bearer, Dr.Osagie Ize-Iyamu says the postponement of the election has not changed anything as his agenda remained simple and with a clear vision for the state, if elected governor.

Dr Ize-Iyamu told Voice of Nigeria that the party has a comprehensive plan and spelt out its ideas.

“Our plan is SIMPLE… the S stands for Security and Social Welfare, I- Infrastructure development and Urban renewal, M-Man power development, P- Public-Private partnership, L- Leadership by example and the E- Employment creation and empowerment.

“We want to cover every sector and every part of our state because we believe in development. We don’t develop a place at the detriment of another. Development can go on simultaneously and we believe that Edo State has enough resources to go beyond where we are now,’’
he explained.”

“We intend to look into some other areas like the agriculture industry, tourism, land and housing, Education, even sports. These areas have potentials and will involve the youths of the state. For instance, when the agriculture sector is well developed, the rural dwellers will gain from it. Therefore, under the Simple Agenda of my government if by the grace of God you elect me as governor, the PDP will transform the State and revitalise its economy,’’ Dr Ize-Iyamu stated.

Women in government
He also stressed that more women would come into government to give room for gender balance.

The Governorship aspirant urged the Edo people not be discouraged following the postponement of the election, adding that eligible voters should still come out en mass and cast their votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had shifted the Edo State governorship election earlier scheduled for September 10 to September 28, 2016.

The Commission said it shifted the date following the request by the security agencies on militants attack across the country and considering the security implications of proceeding with the election, the safety of eligible voters, electoral officials including ad hoc staff and other stakeholders.

Mercy Chukwudiebere