The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has reacted to the allegation that he was reportedly expelled from the University of Benin for pouring acid on a fellow student when he was an undergraduate.
Speaking during a debate, which was monitored by POLITICS NIGERIA in Benin City on Sunday, the APC candidate denied the allegation, noting that he never participated in any criminal matter throughout his stay in the institution.
Ize-Iyamu said, “I graduated from the University of Benin. I was very active in the students’ union and my records are clear. People have alleged that when you were in school, you did that but I think they should go to the university authorities and find out exactly what was the offence. If you do something very criminal, the university cannot even handle it. And I am proud that throughout my stay, I was not engaged in any criminal matter.”
Speaking further, Ize-Iyamu also scored his rival, Governor Godwin Obaseki low in many areas, including economy, agriculture, security and health services. He said that the increase in security vote did not translate to investment in security and other sectors of the economy.
He said: “I think that in the past four years, the economy of Edo has been mismanaged, plundered and all the huge amounts that we receive at the inception of this administration has practically left our state without any serious project to show for it.
“We had the opportunity to diversify our economy. The governor made what I might call a very lame attempt and he failed completely and we are in a very sorry state. During Christmas for example, people were going to Abakaliki to bring rice; they were going to Kebbi to bring rice because there is no rice mill in Edo State.”