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Edo 2024: Ize-Iyamu stands out as the top candidate,

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By Augustine Osayande

In the vibrant tapestry of Edo State politics, the upcoming 2024 governorship election has set the stage for a dynamic display of political prowess. As politicians from various parties embark on their campaign journeys, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerges as a formidable contender, poised to leave an indelible mark on the political landscape.

Recently it became crystal clear to Edo voters who were doubting whether their beloved Pastor will come out to contest again put rest following Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu declaration in the 2024 Edo state Governorship election with a gathering of members and executives from Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon Local Government area. It was a fun fair and homecoming atmosphere with the presence of Chief Matthew Ehigie (Chairman APC Elders council Orhionmwon LGA), Mr Larry Enobakhare (APC LGA Secretary), Mr Henry Obe (Chairman Ugboko ward), Mr Igieholor (Ugboko ward secretary), Ugboko ward Woman Leader, Ugboko ward Youth Leader, Chief Lawrence (Chairman Ukpato ward), Hon. Nosa Obamwonyi, and leaders from various wards in Orhionmwon Local Government. This warm reception and gathering of politicians only depict that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu political structure is intact.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s multifaceted persona extends beyond the confines of religious leadership, seamlessly weaving through the intricate tapestry of Nigerian society with a remarkable presence in both spiritual and political realms. As the Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edo Province 16, he doesn’t merely hold a position; he embodies a profound commitment to fostering spiritual growth and community development.

At the helm of Edo Province 16, Pastor Ize-Iyamu serves as a guiding force, leading a significant religious community with unwavering dedication. His pastoral role extends far beyond the pulpit, encompassing the mentorship of individuals seeking spiritual guidance and the facilitation of community-oriented initiatives. Through his charismatic leadership, he not only influences the local dynamics of the RCCG congregation but also plays a pivotal role in shaping the spiritual landscape on a national scale within the RCCG hierarchy.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s impact, however, is not confined to the spiritual domain alone. His journey extends into the intricate and often tumultuous realm of Nigerian politics, where he has emerged as a formidable figure. The seamless transition from the spiritual to the political underscores his versatility and ability to navigate the complexities inherent in both spheres.

In the political arena, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has displayed a keen understanding of governance, policy, and the pressing issues that confront the nation. His foray into politics is marked by a genuine commitment to effect positive change and contribute to the betterment of society. This dual engagement speaks to his belief in the interconnectedness of spiritual and societal well-being, recognizing the importance of addressing both the material and spiritual needs of the people he serves.

His journey into the political arena has been both extensive and impactful. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is no stranger to the intricacies of Nigerian politics, particularly in the vibrant political landscape of Edo State. His earlier role as the National Vice-Chairman, South-South Zone, of the now-defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) attests to his commitment and involvement in national politics.

Ize-Iyamu was former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo state government and served as Director General of Adams Oshiomhole’s 2nd term Campaign Organisation. He was also the Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation in Edo State.
A political chameleon of sorts, Pastor Ize-Iyamu transitioned between major political parties, adding layers of complexity to his political identity. From his roots in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he made a significant leap to the All Progressives Congress (APC), drawing attention and sparking debates about the underpinnings of his political ideology and motivations. The shifting allegiances have made him a subject of scrutiny, with observers delving into the nuances of his political journey.

Undoubtedly, the pinnacle of Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s political ambitions materialized in the gubernatorial elections of 2016 and 2020 in Edo State. Crossing party lines, he contested under the banners of both the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, showcasing his broad appeal and diverse political network. The elections were characterized by fervent campaigns and impassioned debates, reflecting the intensity of the political landscape.

During the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu presented a comprehensive platform that resonated with the electorate. His promises encompassed pivotal issues such as economic development, job creation, and infrastructure improvement, encapsulating the aspirations of the people. The tightly contested election marked a pivotal moment in his political career, serving as a testament to his resilience and ability to navigate the turbulent currents of Nigerian politics.

A substantial majority of Edo voters are already acquainted with Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE Agenda, a comprehensive blueprint for governance in the event of his election. The Ize-Iyamu SIMPLE Agenda is a meticulously devised plan that warrants careful revision to align with contemporary developmental indicators and the prevailing realities on the ground. This agenda encapsulates critical focal points that address paramount concerns within the state.
For clarity, the acronym ‘SIMPLE’ delineates the strategic pillars of the agenda, with each letter representing a pivotal aspect. ‘S’ signifies a commitment to Security and Social Welfare, ‘I’ underscores the emphasis on Infrastructural Development/Urban Renewal, ‘M’ denotes the dedication to Manpower Development and Training, ‘P’ highlights the focus on fostering Public Private Partnership (PPP), ‘L’ underscores Leadership by Example, and ‘E’ underscores the commitment to Employment Creation and a Social Empowerment Scheme.
As the political stage in Edo State welcomes a plethora of candidates, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu stands out as a figure of significance, embodying the intricate interplay between faith, politics, and the pursuit of societal progress. His journey, marked by resilience and adaptability, continues to unfold, promising to shape the political narrative of Edo State in the forthcoming election.

● Augustine Osayande PhD contributed this article through austinelande@yahoo.com

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May 29 : Borno APC Laud Gov Zulum For Landmark Achievements In One Year

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By Francis Okoye

The All Progressives Congress ( APC ) , Borno state Chapter has commended the state Governor, Babagana Zulum for the execution of over 100 people oriented solid capital projects in the first one year of his second tenure in office.

The state’s party Chairman of APC , Hon. Ayuba Bello made the commendation on Tuesday in Maiduguri in an interview with Journalists on the Governor’s performance ahead of the one year anniversary of his second term in office coming up on 29th of May, 2024.

Hon. Bello who is on record the first ruling APC Chairman to be elected from the minority southern part of Borno state since the inception of democracy, added that the popularity of Governor Zulum across the country is based on his hardwork, respect for the poor, commitment and high sense of responsibility towards governance.

He said even if one is from the opposition party, with humility and maturity, such person would agree that Zulum’s administration has performed greatly in the past one year since his projects are seen on ground.

The state party Chairman said,” As far as Iam concerned and the APC Chairman in Borno state is concerned, if you ask me to rate the performance of his Excellency for the past one year, it is exemplary, he has excelled in infrastructural performance.

” When you go round the country, you hardly find a Governor, who had done credibly well in terms of infrastructural development like Zulum’s administration. If somebody can carry out over 100 people oriented solid capital projects life on ground, honestly speaking, he deserve commendation.

” Even if you are not in APC, if you humility and maturity of mind, you would agree with me that this person has done greatly well. When you go round to the 27 local government areas of the state with exception of Guzamala, you will identify 10 to 20 capital projects that were executed by Governor Zulum.

” And they are people oriented projects, minor projects such as drilling of boreholes are not even counted. We are very proud of him, as a party, we are solidly behind him.”

On his election as chairman of the party from the minority southern part of Borno being the first in history, he said the party did it to balance the equation of leadership and giving the other side of the state a sense of belonging.

He said he enjoys followership and loyalty from all party members across the state, adding that structure put in place which is visible across the 27 local government areas of the state is reason the party would continue to dominate power in every election year.

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By: Michael Mike

The President of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, has deployed an Election Observation Mission of 40 observers to Togo to monitor the legislative and regional elections scheduled for 29 April 2024

According to a statement at the weekend, the mission is in line with the provisions of Article 12 of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and constitutes support from the regional organisation to its Member States for the conduct of their elections.

The mission is led by the former Vice-President of The Gambia, Mrs Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang.

According to the statement, the mission is made up of Ambassadors from Member States accredited to ECOWAS; representatives of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Parliament; Civil Society Organisations; media professionals and election observation specialists from the West African region.

It revealed that: “This observation mission is being deployed following the recommendations of a pre-election fact-finding mission that visited Togo from 15 to 20 April 2024 to assess the preparatory phases of the elections.

“During its stay in Togo, the observation mission will hold consultations with the main stakeholders in the electoral process and monitor the voting process up to 29 April 2024.”

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Re-run election into the national assembly, a Triumph of Democracy – Kwande

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Re-run election into the national assembly, a Triumph of Democracy – Kwande

By: Bodunrin Kayode

A Plateau elder Ambassador Yahaya Kwande has described the just concluded re-run election into the national assembly as a Triumph of Democracy.

In a release titled Congratulations to the Winners of Plateau State Bye Elections of February 3, 2024, he noted that the entire exercise was a victory to the people of the state.

“With great joy and profound gratitude, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected Senator, (Plateau North Senatorial District), Prince Pam Mwadkwon Dachungyang, and the Member of the House of Representatives, (Jos North/Bassa Constituency), Hon. Daniel Asama, on their resounding victory in the recently concluded bye election held in Plateau State.

“Your triumph is a testament to the true spirit of democracy and the unwavering support of the people.

“I have no doubt that both Prince Pam Mwadkon and Hon. Daniel Asama will live up to the aspirations and expectations of the voters, as they embark on this noble responsibility of representing their constituents. May your tenure be marked by dedication, integrity, and a relentless pursuit of progress for our beloved state and nation.

“As we celebrate this momentous milestone, let us not forget the challenges we faced during the post-2023 elections period. It is my sincere hope that Plateau State will swiftly recover from the divisions and tussles that marred our unity. Let us unite as one, for the strength of our state lies in our togetherness.

“It is essential for the government and the people to undertake immediate measures to reconcile and bridge the gaps that have emerged. We must never forget that every citizen, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity, is entitled to their fundamental rights. The use of religion as a tool of disfranchisement must cease; we must affirm that citizenship rights are not conditional on faith.

“Let us also strive to recapture the lost glory of our state, when Jos was hailed as the political Mecca of Nigeria, attracting momentous political events and embracing politicians from all shades and ideologies. We can revive this legacy by nurturing an environment that exudes peace, openness, and security for all. Together, we can restore Plateau State as a beacon of democratic excellence.

“In conclusion, I express my utmost optimism for the future of Plateau State. I extend my deepest appreciation to all who peacefully participated in the bye election, be it as candidates or enthusiastic supporters. Our journey towards progress and development continues, and I am confident that we will stand united, empowered by the unwavering spirit of our people.” said Kwande.

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