Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the congratulatory message issued by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Publicity Secretary of PDP in Edo, Chris Nehikhare, released a statement as he rejected the congratulatory message by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyam.
Nehikhare said: “Now that it is clear that the APC booby traps of unwarranted, unnecessary, mindless and malicious court cases have collapsed, we have entered the season of congratulatory messages.
“Edo PDP thanks all Nigerians especially Edo people that have congratulated us and of course His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki on the resounding victory he recorded at the Supreme Court on Friday, May 28, 2021.
“We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon a letter from Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate in the last governorship election, who incidentally, would have been the main beneficiary had the Supreme Court ruled against Governor Obaseki, PDP and by extension, a vast majority of Edo people. The letter was addressed to Governor Obaseki and obviously deliberately leaked and is trending on social media.
“The letter though titled CONGRATULATIONS, was more of a wish-list of unmerited and contemptuous demands. In an attempt to justify his reasons for going to court, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu proffered alternative facts.
“He claimed that he and his party didn’t go to the Tribunal but he failed to inform Edo people that he connived to be added as a respondent in the tribunal cases contrary to law and asked to be returned as Governor. He tried to be clever by half! And besides, when he lost, together with his party, they filed separate appeals which they both lost again! FACT!
“It is contemptuous and akin to busybody status for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to appeal for an out of court settlement in the case of the 14 former members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly who voluntarily abdicated their seats and when those concerned haven’t asked for it.
“As a matter of fact, the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, in a well considered judgement, declared the actions taken by the Assembly against the 14 as proper.
“We are therefore constrained to question Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s locus for this request as well as the request made for the former council chairmen and councillors. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is crying more than the bereaved!