Oshiomhole vs Ize-Iyamu : All is fair in love and war

Oshiomhole vs Ize-Iyamu : All is fair in love and war

By Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu

The current political situation in Edo state as evidenced by the cold war between the outgoing governor of Edo State and a former close ally turned enemy have left many wondering on the effect of political decisions on relationships.Oshiomhole

Names calling have been the order of the day between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and former National Chairman of All Progressives Party (APC), South South, Hon. Osagie Ize-Iyamu. This has actually called for a closer look at their relationship before the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

Ize-Iyamu among other things, alleged that the Oshiomhole government caused the flooding on Ugbowo road in Benin City. Oshiomhole in a swift reaction said Ize-Iyamu is still living in the past; a past filled with emptiness and incompetence which was displayed by the Government of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion in which Ize-Iyamu served as Chief of Staff and Secretary to Government. Close allies of the government

Ize Iyamu

Ize Iyamu

however believe Oshiomhole’s administration is just being balled- up, especially as Ize-Iyamu was one of Oshiomhole’s ardent supporters in the recent past.

Ize-Iyamu, in a book, Destiny Child- An Historical Narrative Of Adams Oshiomhole by Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu, described Oshiomhole as “One of the best governors that this country ever produced”. He said “Oshiomhole is someone who, once he believes in a cause, goes all out to pursue it, no matter the opposition, no matter the gang-up”.

As expected, Oshiomhole replied his one- time political friend; “It is laughable that Ize-Iyamu has come out to make such a wild allegation of flooding on Ugbowo road. The same road on which many people were washed away by flood during their eight years of crass incompetence and cluelessness”.

Ize-Iyamu, in the book, Destiny Child, earlier gave Oshiomhole a distinction in all areas including roads construction and drainages. On pages 99 through 103, Ize-Iyamu eulogized Oshiomhole. It is therefore surprising that the same mouth that praised a man to high heavens can soon turn round to condemn all the ‘good deeds’ he earlier highlighted about the same man and his administration. But then, people said it is politics.

Imagine reading this, as said by Ize-Iyamu, on page 101 of the 2013 published book, “ In terms of development, he has done a lot not just in Benin City that is the capital but throughout the three senatorial districts of the state. Anyone can see a common trend of massive renovation going on either in the educational sector, or in terms of roads and drainages.

“…Secondly, by the time he(Oshiomhole) came in, he looked at our roads, and said they did not portray the modernity that we would like to showcase, he wants people to come to Benin, which is the capital of Edo state and fall in love with the place, so that they can invest here, he said one of  the things we needed to do was to widen the roads, create dual carriage ways, pedestrian walk-ways and of course ensure there are drainages, but because the whole place was built up, to be able to achieve this, he needed to demolish quite a number of houses, this was a very tough decision and having been voted in by the people, this kind of policy would have been seen to be oppressive, again he felt it was something that would add value to the city and beautify the state, he went ahead and did it. At the end of the day, even those who were affected had to admit that the transformation was really worth the sacrifice, and of course, he also paid them their compensation.”

Yes, Ize-Iyamu said all these when the going was good, and the governor was seen as a cash cow. Today, he said Oshiomhole did not work on the roads. Could the governor have undo all what Ize-Iyamu claimed he did here, overnight? Again, people say, it is politics.

Scoring the Comrade Governor then, Ize-Iyamu gave him, not only pass mark but distinction in performance. “He is doing very well and certainly I believe history will be very fair to him… Hard work is part of what shapes our destiny. When you look at Comrade, you see a clear picture of a man who is focused, a man who has a clear vision of where he is going…”

Having put the pedal to the metal, majority of the people believe, like Ize-Iyamu once did, that Oshiomhole has nursed Edo state back to health. Any other thing said about the governor and his administration, in their view is “just politics”. Hmm, all is fair in love and war.


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