The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for the next election of Governor of Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has condemned the reduction in funds allocated to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma by the government led by Obaseki .
He says the institution’s underfunding has had a devastating impact on its ability to meet its financial obligation to staff, fund research and raise the level of learning at the institution.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu was speaking in Emaudo, Ekpoma, at a campaign rally to end his district tour after previous stops in Igueben, Ubiaja, Uromi and Irrua where he was met by large crowds, some of whom were hanging out trees and climbed the roofs to get a glimpse of the candidate.
He said: “The grant to Ambrose Alli University when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was governor was 250 million naira. But the governor who claims to love Esanland has reduced it to 96 million naira per month ”
According to Ize-Iyamu, the institution’s deliberate underfunding, which led to obtaining a bank loan to pay July salaries, and the lack of achievements recorded in Edo Central by Governor Godwin Obaseki, reveal the lie of his “ Esan Agenda ” campaign. gimmick he says he has no intention of making.
“If someone promises you something, you have to watch their actions, because action speaks louder than words. The governor who claims to love Esan had many opportunities to demonstrate this love, but he repeatedly overlooked the Esan people. When his chief of staff resigned, they asked him to appoint a person Esan, he refused; when it was time to appoint a campaign GM, he was also asked to consider the Esan people but once again he refused.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu said the level of attendance at the rallies had boosted his confidence that his party, the APC, would win the Senate district contrary to some predictions.
“People said Edo South will be won by APC, Edo North will be won by APC but Edo Central, they are not sure. I asked, why are you not sure? They said they weren’t sure. But I can tell them now that I’m very, very sure.
“One of the reasons they weren’t sure about Esanland was that people said they had an Esan Agenda, which says that in four years Obaseki will hand over to a governor in Esan. But he hasn’t been able to say it publicly, just like he can’t write his promises.
“The very obvious fact that the governor did not make this promise publicly is all the necessary proof that he does not think so and does not intend to keep it. He just wants the votes and the support of the people through deception, as he did four years ago.