?Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2012 general election, Major-General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), has taken a swipe at leaders of the party over comments made by Chief Tom Ikimi at the campaign flag off of Pastor Ize-Iyamu on Monday.
Airhiavbere, now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, said the trio of Chief Tom Ikimi, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Chief Tony Anenih cannot win the September 10 elections for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.?
?He stated this while reacting to the red card issued to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the All Progressive Congress in Edo State and urged the PDP leaders to stop toying with the emotions of Edo people.
According to the retired General, it was unfair for Ikimi to say former President Goodluck Jonathan was an anti-party leader for allegedly ensuring the success of Governor Oshiomhole in 2012.
Pointing out that the leadership structure of the party has changed, the former PDP candidate said the leaders were jokers to think of defeating Governor Oshiomhole and the APC in the elections because “they are going to have me to deal with”.
General Airhiavbere particularly lashed at Chief Ikimi for referring to the new general hospital as a glorified clinic when he (Chief Ikimi) was paid N350m as a consultant to design the hospital, even as he urged the PDP leaders to bow their heads in shame after being part of a government that rule and ruin the state between 1999 and 2007.
“I was the candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship elections. For Pastor Ize-Iyamu and Tom Ikimi to say former President Jonathan is an anti-party leader is unfair. They were unfair to Jonathan as a president of this country and a leader of the PDP as at that time.”
“We have reached a stage where PDP leaders should stop toying with the emotions of Edo people. Ize-Iyamu’s emergence as PDP candidate is dead on arrival. How can the PDP win elections here when it can abandon its candidate in 2012?
“In 2011 and 2012, Chief Tony Anenih told the public that he sold his house to lead the governorship campaign but today it is in the public glare that Jonathan sent money for that election. I was an orphan at the tribunal up to the Supreme Court. I know the role the leaders of the party played during my elections.
“They sold Oshiomhole to the Edo people four years ago because of their inordinate ambition. Today, they are not talking about Edo people; they are talking about how Oshiomhole betrayed them. It was because Oshiomhole did not agree with them to give Ize-Iyamu the ticket”, Gen. Airhiavbere said.