Edo 2020: Oshiohmole As Ize Iyamu’s Nemesis

Oshiohmole
Obaseki & Ize Iyamu

“While Obaseki is consolidating as no fewer than 35 political parties have adopted him, Ize Iyamu is being accused left, right and centre. The latest is that he plagiarized Don Pedro Obaseki’s campaign material. Though, Oshiohmole has decided to support him, he’s constrained by so many factors: He’s no longer the national chairman of the APC. He’s also lost his mojo after he fell from the Olympian height. He may also have lost his voice as his campaign videos for Obaseki four years ago continue to blare from the loudspeakers in the heart of Benin and across the state”

In 2016, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole while promoting the candidature of Governor Godwin Obaseki, rallied against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. He impugned on his character. He damaged his personality. He called him all sort of names: A fake pastor, a cultist and a politician without second address. A dishonest fellow. All these diatribes have come to haunt the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election. Oshiohmole has simply become a nemesis of Ize-Iyamu. Instead of Ize-Iyamu going round canvassing for votes, he’s busy issuing rebuttals about his past ‘misdeeds’. Did he actually pour acid on female’s friend. How was his relationship with her former vice chancellor, Prof Grace Allele Williams? Was it cordial? Why was Ize-Iyamu rusticated for two years then at the university of Benin? 

Although Ize Iyamu May not be guilty of several Allegations being peddled against him, Oshiohmole acerbic tongue has dealt a devastating blow on his campaign to govern Edo. While Obaseki is consolidating as no fewer than 35 political parties have adopted him, Ize Iyamu is being accused left, right and centre. The latest is that he plagiarized Don Pedro Obaseki’s campaign material. Though, Oshiohmole has decided to support him, he’s constrained by so many factors: He’s no longer the national chairman of the APC. He’s also lost his mojo after he fell from the Olympian height. He may also have lost his voice as his campaign videos for Obaseki four years ago continue to blare from the loudspeakers in the heart of Benin and across the state. Ironically, Oshiohmole who had earlier boasted that you don’t run after snail, but you picked it and put inside the bag at the appropriate time while referring to Obaseki at the heat of their disagreement, has suddenly become the snail because of his indiscretion. Will Oshiohmole find his voice again? Will he be vociferous in campaigning for Ize Iyamu? And like a proverbial tortoise who was embarking on a journey and asked when he will return, he said, “ until I’m disgraced.” The days ahead will show if Oshiohmole will still be relevant in the political calculus or has boxed himself into early oblivion.

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