By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
As the dreaded COVID 19 diseases forced people to remain indoor in Edo state without means of livelihood,
A leading All Progressives Congress ((APC), aspirant, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, took up the challenge through sharing of food stuffs to families a cross the 18 local government areas of the state.
Citizens in the state has been worried over the state of hardship which they have been going through since the stay at home order by the. government.
With this latest developments, there have been a widespread support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo state,
The recent ones is the 21 groups spread across the three senatorial zones of the state endorsing Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, state-wide efforts to cushion the effects of COVID-19
One of the groups, The Voice of Edo Central [TVEC], in a statement signed by its Chairman, James Ailemen in Uromi, commended the organized response of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu to COVID-19 in the state and his show of leadership at the time the state was in great need of it.
“Do you know what it is to feed a family in Nigeria? Then you can imagine what it is to now feed a family in distress. Pastor Ize-Iyamu has risen to the challenge and reached to the needy in these trying times. We have always known Pastor Ize-Iyamu to have a large heart but today he has proven he is worth having as a leader. Edo State needs a governor that is proactive to its citizen’s welfare, security and health insurance and that is what we call a responsive government. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is the only one that can guarantee a better Edo for us and our coming generation,” the statement read.
Similarly, another group Alliance for Youth Awareness has announced its unanimous decision to back Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu.
”If you are perfect you need no filter or makeup, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has once again risen to the occasion with his sense of empathy and commitment to serve. This is not about politics, Pastor Ize-Iyamu needs no dressing his intentions are clear. He has showered us with all his attention and we have seen he is not pretending, Ize-Iyamu is the best,” it said in a statement signed by its President and Secretary, including the fact that youths of the group, across the 18 LGAs will now be working for the actualization of POI’s candidacy.
In Edo North, at least 19 groups have come together form the ‘Joint Action Movement for Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu [JAMP]’ with the primary objective of securing his emergence. Explaining what informed the decision, the pro tempore President of the amalgamated group, Comrade Ali Ibrahim Baba, also credited it to Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu’s show of leadership in handling COVID-19 in the state.
“Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu has demonstrated that Edo state can move forward, his response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the State has simply ascertained how a leader should react to emergencies. Ize-Iyamu has shown that indeed leadership is a call to serve.”
“Seeing his amiable wife, Prof Idia Ize-Iyamu in Edo North distributing food bags to our people moved a lot of us to tears. We need a compassionate family at Dennis Osadebe Avenue and to this, we have come to the conclusion that Pastor Ize-Iyamu should be supported as the next governor of Edo State,” he said.