Chief Dan Orbih, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council in Edo, has said the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo had during the Edo Guber election distributed N10,000 to market women to make them vote the APC candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
Orbihclaimed in an interview with Vanguard that the minister with his ministry, NDE, distributed the money through the wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Idia Ize-Iyamu.
The national vice-chairman of the PDP, South-South, was reacting to a question asked by the Vanguard reporter; “Without Oshiomhole, do you think Ize-Iyamu would have done better?”
In his response, the PDP chieftain said; “I want to recall what I said in an interview where I said that “Oshiomhole has done more damage than good to Ize-Iyamu’s campaign.” I would rather leave it at that.
“For the first time in the governorship campaign of our state (Edo), we had the man who was leading the campaign of our opponent campaigning at the same time for our candidate based on all the nice things he said about Obaseki when he campaigned for him and all the bad things he said about Ize-Iyamu when he campaigned against him.
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“Apart from leading the campaign for the re-election of Godwin Obaseki I can say frankly that Oshiomhole complemented my efforts by all those things he said about Obaseki and the things he said about Ize-Iyamu.
“But some had projected that the victory margin would even be more. What happened?
“We fought against a lot of forces. We have a lot of people who have federal appointments from Edo State, Edo State has two federal ministers and a whole lot of people whose appointments were influenced by Adams Oshiomhole were also fighting the PDP at the election.
“And again, you have this army of federal appointment ‘hopefuls’, those who were hoping that if they did well in the election that they would be considered for appointment.
“We also had a minister, Festus Keyamo coming to Edo State with his ministry, NDE giving market women N10,000 being shared by the wife of the APC candidate.”
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