The Otaru of Auchi and Vice-Chairman of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, has conferred the title of ‘Itsemakhoma’ of Auchi, meaning “this is our own” on Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(PC).
The monarch conferred the title on Ize-Iyamu when the APC candidate paid a visit to his palace on Wednesday.
He explained that the conferment and honour was hinged on Ize-Iyamu’s love for the people, track record of performance in his previously held government positions, and deep respect for the traditional institution in the state.
The Otaru said the Auchi sacred kingdom was proud of him and his achievements.
In response,Ize-Iyamu, expressed gratitude to the Otaru for the honour and lauded him as a forward-thinking ruler who has contributed immensely to the empowerment of his people and development of the Kingdom through numerous interventions and acts of leadership.
He lamented the failure of Governor Obaseki to address the erosion problem wreaking havoc in Auchi and his inability to harness and put to good use the solid minerals deposit in the area.
He promised to partner with and complement the efforts of traditional institutions in the state toward fighting insecurity.
“My promise to you is that if elected, I will fight insecurity, halt and reverse the dwindling fortunes of the youths and women by setting them in the right direction”, he said.
Obaseki promises Agbede community trailer park, new roads
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has called on leaders and residents of Agbede in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state to provide his administration with 10 hectares of land where a trailer park will be constructed to improve economic activities in the area.
The governor also promised to construct more roads and other infrastructural facilities to better the welfare and livelihood of the people.
Obaseki, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), gave the assurance during his re-election rally in the region.
Addressing party faithful in Ward 7, Agbede, the governor commended the people for their support over the last three years and eight months, promising to sustain the development in the area if re-elected.
“The number of trailers that pass or park here on a daily basis is up to 1,000 and if I am given 10 hectares of land, I will build a trailer park and these drivers will patronise your business and this will consequently improve economic activities.
“This election is for our freedom; freedom from oppression and god-fatherism. It is an election that will free us from selfish and self-centered politicians in the state”, he said.
At Ward 6 in Jagbe, Obaseki commended the electorate for voting for him overwhelmingly in the last election, ensuring that he won all seven units in the ward.
He, however, reassured that his administration will not relent in bringing more infrastructural projects to the area, especially roads.
“I have done the designs of some of your important roads; we have started with the bridge and immediately we complete it, we will commence work on the roads.
APC takes Simple Agenda manifesto to Edo North
With renewed vigour, the Edo State APC gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday visited Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, with the party candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and party leaders, pledging better deal for the people spreading the message of the Simple Agenda .
• At the palace of the Okumagbe of Weppa Wano, HRH George Egabor Omoze I could not hide his happiness as Pastor Ize-Iyamu paid him homage and gave him copies of his Manifesto, the Simple Agenda. The traditional ruler called him, “My Son in whom I am very very pleased”.
He blessed the APC candidate and declared, “I pray for you that God protects you and God gives you what you want…we pray that God will make what you are aspiring for to come true – that is our prayer”.
The Okumagbe had gone down memory lane to recall how much his community and the Etsako East local government benefitted from the Edo State Government while Pastor Ize-Iyamu served first as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government.
“All the things we have here today, I got them while he (Ize-Iyamu) was in government: the High Court, College of Agriculture, a transformer in front of my house (palace) my appointment as Chairman/Governing Council of Usman Dan Fodio University (Sokoto), College of Education-Ekiadolor and Usen; that was when he was in government”, the monarch said.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu while presenting his Simple Agenda to the monarch added that Agenebode occupied a strategic position which potentials has not been fully exploited to move Edo forward.
He explained the meaning of the Simple Agenda as “Security and Social welfare, Infrastructure Development and urban renewal, Manpower Development, Public Private Partnership, Leadership by Example and Employment and Empowerment.” He said he had designed it with plans for the rapid development of all parts of Edo State including Etsako East.
He lamented the failure of the outgoing government in denying Etsako East representation at the State Assembly for 13 months and said, “It is clear that Edo State has not witnessed any important development in the last four years and we cannot continue like this”.