By Ozioruva Aliu, Benin-City
During the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate for governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki on his recent court victory. to change the governorship of the state.
In a letter to the governor, Ize-Iyamu called for an out-of-court agreement for 14 elected members of parliament, whose opening has not yet been opened, 23 months after he was elected governor.
He called on the governor to consider paying for the rights of elected local government council chairmen, deputy chairmen, elected council members and supervisory board members who were removed from office before the election.
“The Supreme Court’s decision last Friday put an end to a number of lawsuits we filed in connection with last year’s gubernatorial election,” he said.
“Your Excellency, your supporters have filed thirteen (13) different pre-election lawsuits against my deputy and me; everyone wants to deprive us of participation in the elections. On our part, the Popular Front had only one case against Your Excellency and your party.
“We did not go to the Election Court on purpose, not because we do not have a problem, but because we think it is better to face the case, our party congratulated you more at the national level.
“We are happy that all this work is over. Now it’s all over, accept my congratulations.
“Having said that, I would like to appeal to you to carefully consider the relevant issues of the 14 constituencies, including the two regions of local government – Oredo and two of your deputy’s local leadership – Etsako West. Edo State Assembly. Although the issue is in court, you intend to consider an out-of-court solution of the issue in the general interest of our state.
“Your Excellency, for us in the APC, as an opposition party in the province, we have a duty to ensure that your government always does the right thing.”
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