Following the swearing in of Godwin Obaseki as the Edo State Governor, the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate in the Edo 2016 Gubernatorial Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has waved off the occasion, saying Obaseki will only enjoy the stolen mandate for a short period as a caretaker governor.
Ize-Iyamu who said this in Benin at the opening of the office of the Edo Mandate Recovery Centre, assured his supporters that he would reclaim his mandate as the duly elected Governor of Edo State.
“I will do everything to ensure the actualization of the mandate they gave to me. I cannot be compromised, I cannot be bought and I have faith in the judiciary, I have faith in God”, he said.
“Edo people should also have faith, and on no condition should they resort to violence. It is going to be a long road and in the course of this journey, a man who did not win will be temporarily sworn in; but we must not leave the State. The will of God will be done at the end of the day”, said Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
A member of the Edo Mandate Recovery Group, Daniel Ogbegie, explained the reason behind the platform saying: “We honestly believe that the movement to reclaim this mandate has gone beyond the PDP and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. It is a movement of all Edo people. A movement to protect the sanctity of our tomorrow, our collective destinies.
“So we as a group will serve as a veritable platform for the critical stakeholders in this mandate to synergize in ensuring resounding success in the aforementioned goals.
“As part of recovering this mandate, it is pertinent to also monitor the Government that is being inaugurated today at the Ogbemudia stadium; not to give them legitimacy and hold them to account to the people throughout the short period they will superintend over the affairs of the State.
“This we shall do on behalf of the people and the government that shall be installed in accordance with their will at the end of the constitutional process of mandate recovery that has already been embarked upon by the PDP at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
“I assure Edo people that we have a good case at the tribunal and with your prayers and every support, we shall pursue, overcome and recover all”.