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

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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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APC-IGG: Ambassador Tsoken commends President Tinubu for intervening to ease hardship for Nigerians.

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APC-IGG: Ambassador Tsoken commends President Tinubu for intervening to ease hardship for Nigerians.

By: Jabiru Hassan

The National President of the APC Initiative for Good Governance (APC-IGG), Ambassador Musa Mohammed Tsoken, has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for intervening to ease the hardships affecting Nigerians.

In a message he issued to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Ambassador Tsoken described President Tinubu as a leader with listening war by giving a marching order for the release of different food items to ease hardships for the people of Nigeria, which is a good initiative.

”APC-IGG has recognized what Mr. President has done in order to ease the hardship affecting the people on the food price hike, which is very good foresight from our leader. We therefore thank all those who have helped with the implementation of the process to release the food items from the federal government reserves across the country for their well-deserved thought.” The statement was added.

Ambassador Musa Mohammed Tsoken reassured the people of Nigeria that the APC Initiative for Good Governance would continue to work selflessly in order to ensure that Nigeria is progressive under the present democratic dispensation without bias.

Amb Tsoken emphasizes that the emergence of His Excellency Sen. Dr. George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation depicts the fact that President Bola Ahmad Tinubu has reliable and credible individuals who have verse experience in governance from all ramifications; therefore, the deliverance of democratic dividends is something that Nigerians should believe in its workability and full efficacy in the near future, considering the fact that some of the policies and programs of the Renewed Hope Agenda have started gaining sway in the lives of the citizenry, he concluded.

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APC Campaign Team in Chibok Town Rally Ahead of Bye Election

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… Campaign Team Receives Decampees and Highlights Continued Development in Chibok

By: Our Reporter

Borno State’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, led an All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign team to Chibok town in preparation for the upcoming House of Assembly bye election scheduled for Saturday. The event saw the presence of several notable APC figures, including the APC Deputy National Chairman for the North, Ali Bukar Dalori, and APC State Chairman, Hon. Bello Ayuba, among others.

Addressing a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters, Deputy Governor Kadafur urged the people of Chibok Local Government to come out in large numbers and vote for the APC House of Assembly candidate, Pogu Lawan. He assured them that the administration of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is committed to delivering more dividends of democracy, particularly in the areas of youth empowerment, education, and basic amenities.

Deputy Governor Kadafur emphasized the administration’s achievements in terms of infrastructural development, not only in Chibok but across the entire state. He promised that more developmental projects are in the works in the coming years. He encouraged the people of Chibok to support Governor Zulum’s administration by ensuring a resounding victory for the APC in the bye election.

APC Deputy National Chairman for the North, Ali Dalori, APC State Chairman, Bello Ayuba, and APC State Vice Chairman for Zone C, Yerima Aliyu, all took turns addressing the crowd during the campaign rally. They urged the people of Chibok to consider the significant achievements of the APC-led administration and to reciprocate the gesture by voting for Pogu Lawan.

The APC leaders reiterated that the party remains the strongest and most promising in the country. They expressed gratitude for the warm reception received from the people of Chibok and expressed confidence in the party’s victory in the upcoming election.

During the rally, thousands of individuals, including the local government PDP Party chairman, decamped from the PDP to the ruling APC. The decampees were warmly welcomed by the deputy governor and other APC party stalwarts, with a promise of equal treatment within the party.

The bye election in Chibok is necessitated by the vacancy resulting from the death of the winner of the 2023 House of Assembly election, Late Dr. Nuhu Clark. As per constitutional requirements, the bye election will fill the vacant seat.

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