Edo State Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has described the claims by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the September 28th governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu that God told him “to pursue and recover his mandate that the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress had stolen from him and his party” as blasphemous and blatant lie.
Obaseki said he wasn’t surprised that the PDP candidate, who claims to be a Pastor would lie in God’s name – these are signs of the end times as forewarned by the Holy Bible, a statement endorsed by his Principal Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki said yesterday in Benin City.
According to Obaseki, “you never sought the face of God before, during and after the election let alone hearing from the Almighty God. I want to call on unsuspecting public to beware of political false prophets and pastors who lie in God’s name and who come to them in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
“We know them in PDP and we know the Pastor and his antecedents – Edo people know them by their fruits. Does Pastor Ize-Iyamu and PDP expect to gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles and reap orange and cherry? Let me remind them that every good tree bears good fruit while a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit – so also, God cannot speak to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and even if, not without repentance – a contrite heart.
“Edo people cannot be deceived by Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s importation of God’s name to hoodwink and whitewash – we know that ‘not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”. We are also aware that, “many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.
Besides, Ize-Iyamu’s sacrilegious statement has been condemned by well-meaning Edo residents including Mr. Elempe Dele.
According to Elempe, “you said your ‘God’ asked you to ‘pursue and recover all without fail’, I mean ‘your’ purported mandate – was it the same ‘God’ that also said you should disburse cash to induce electorates to vote for you? Did you also sought the face of God over Dasuki’s N700,000 million before you collected it – has God asked you to return it or not?
“Should a self-styled man of God, I mean Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP offer bribe and induce electorates instead of allowing them to vote their conscience. I think there are people who must be kept perpetually from the corridors of power and top on the list is Ize-Iyamu because of his desperation to become a governor in a state where the people have a sense of history.
“We can all see how he paid some youth (some who actually voted for APC in the just concluded election) for the protest. These were youth the government he was a major player could not provide jobs for throughout the 8 years he was in power with the infamous Lucky Igbinedion”.
According to Elempe, “I need Ize-Iyamu to tell us, in all honesty, what he intends to achieve with this charade called protest he orchestrated with some few fallen members”. Continuing, he said, “It is known you are a lawyer, who had never practiced anywhere; are you now going to be practicing in the courts of public opinions as a ‘protesting lawyer’ when there are courts of competent jurisdiction or the tribunal to seek redress if you have enough evidence to your imaginary claims that you won the election?
“Godwin Obaseki has been declared the winner and a certificate of return has been issued to him and his deputy, Philip Shaibu; does Ize-Iyamu think INEC would upturn their decision based on his protest?
“There are over 2500 polling units (PUs) during the election, ideally, you were supposed to have PDP agents in all PUs, known to you and PDP and who are expected to submit the duplicate (pink) results that were given to them by INEC on the spot where the results were counted and announced. Are the results with them different from the ones announced by INEC?
“If you (Ize-Iyamu) received the results, as collated and announced at each polling unit, in the presence of your supporters, particularly your agents, that means you must have known the results the night before INEC announced it, why not publish what you have let the world see it?”