Edo State-born billionaire businessman, Capt Hosa Okunbo ssaid on Saturday that he was supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state because he had a better vision for the people than the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okunbo, who narrated his needless running battle with Obaseki to journalists in Abuja said that Edo needed a change of guard to move forward.
He asserted that Obaseki had failed the people and did not deserve another term in office because he had only huge indebtedness and violence to show for his four years in office.
Okunbo stated that he was naturally a peaceful man but lamented that “Obaseki has dragged me from my comfort zone to the market square by attacking my business interest and integrity.”
While defending his choice of Ize-Iyamu, Okunbo said that he had sat down with APC candidate and “he has showed his vision for the state to me and coincidentally he is a farmer, and has vision for farming. And he is passionate about it.
“Obaseki said that he was going to farm, but where is the farm? I believe pastor is a man of God and would deliver. What caught my attention and fancy in him (Ize-Iyamu) is that he said he would farm, which is in line with my passion. I support Ize-Iyamu with my hard-earned sweat and not stolen money. When I believe in something, I can spend my last kobo for that cause.”
Reacting to how he wwould ecoup his money, Okunbo said: “I am not expecting financial rreturs. Edo State is in huge debt; it has been mortgaged. If I dare to ask Ize-Iyamu for a kobo when he is elected, our fight will begin immediately.
“What I am doing is charity for the future of our children and the state. My ambition is to be able to go back to my people to share what God has blessed me with them.
“I want to also protect the Benin Kingdom which has lasted for centuries; money is not my ambition any more; money is an instrument and will remain so to man. if you say I am bankrolling Ize-Iyamu, so be it,” he said.
Okunbo further said that if Obaseki was re-elected, he would stay away from Benin for the next four years.
According to him, “Ize-Iyamu is known to me for 30 years. He is a testimony that God can
turn around anybody. Since I knew him as a Christian, I have always seen him as a genuine man. Good people should come to our politics, he has a farm where he has been farming and training farmers. I have no reason to doubt him that he means well for the people.”
He continued: “I have never fronted for any politician and anybody in my life. The Police and even the EFCC have never invited me for once for any fraudulent case.”
Commenting on his opposition to Obaseki’s second term, Okunbo said: “A governor that cannot manage 24 members of the House of Assembly from the same party does not deserve re-election.
“From the inception of his administration, he started complaining that they want to impeach him. What did Obaseki do that he was afraid of impeachment from the very beginning. What is all these kill them and pepper them (about)?”
Asked of the chances of the APC’s candidate, Okunbo declared that “Obaseki is not on ground. What you see and hear is mere propaganda. If there is a free and transparent election even today in Edo, Ize-Iyamu will win.”
On whether ego or interest was at stake in the election, Okunbo replied: ” I am a humble person and I have always been. I have no ego but I am concerned about the future of our children and the liberation of Edo State from someone who behaves as an emperor in this modern day.”