The APC gubernatorial candidate for the Edo September 19 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has taken to his verified Twitter handle to give update over the zoom meeting he had with some foreign bodies, regarding the forthcoming Edo Guber election.
According to Ize-Iyamu, team from the EU Delegation, American Embassy, British High Commission, Canadian Embassy and some other EU Members, were present in the zoom meeting. He added that they discuss issues surrounding his campaign and the September 19 election as the candidate of one of the major parties, the All Progressive Congress, APC. Read Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu statement.
I just had an exciting Zoom meeting with a team from the EU Delegation, American Embassy, British High Commission, Canadian Embassy and some other EU Member States on issues surrounding our campaign and the Sept. 19 election as the candidate of one of the major parties, the APC.
Addressing questions from the team, I restated our commitment to an issue-based, non-violent campaign and complete compliance with the regulations of INEC and other relevant health agencies on political campaigns.
We have requested that the elderly remain at home and not join us at campaign venues and also developed a constantly-revised crowd management method, alongside distribution of face masks, sanitizers, and temperature checks using infrared thermometers, to ensure the safety of youths and other persons at all campaign events.
While those on the other side continue to incite violence with their rhetoric, including the incumbent Governor’s unstatesmanlike comment on national TV that his immunity is a license to unleash terror without consequences, we /have constantly appealed to our supporters to conduct themselves responsibly, embrace peace, and focus on selling our documented manifesto, the #POISIMPLEAGENDA.
I commended these foreign partners for their contributions toward ensuring a free and fair election in Nigeria particularly through the placement of observers and the proposed plan to impose a visa ban on any political actor found guilty of sponsoring violence during elections. I encourage them to carry out – and increase pressure on agencies with such mandate – thorough investigations on those responsible for violence as some actors, after causing mayhem, immediately seize the microphone to raise alarm as a way to deceive the public.
For instance, the Edo State Police Command arrested about seven persons armed with dangerous weapons within the premises of the Chief Anthony Enahoro Complex, which houses the Edo State House of Assembly, on the day the Governor, with regard for the separation of powers, ordered an invasion of the Assembly chambers. It is in the interest of all for the security agencies to uncover the sponsors of these arrested armed persons, the party they belong to or work for, and those who assigned to them such criminal and nefarious task to apportion blame and responsibility where it is due.