By Tinyan Otuomagie
I chuckled yesterday as I watched Barr. Adaze Emwanta on Channels Television speaking in a manner that I would call desperation and ignorance. Yes, ignorance because I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was fed with a lie, which he found handy to attempt discrediting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on air. His ridiculous desperation was apparent because one could observe that he was gasping for air in in the difficult bid to promote his own candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
Now let me give Barr. Emwanta and some other persons that may have been deceived by the Obaseki propaganda, and crying plagiarism, some background information about the Simple Agenda.
In 2013 Pastor Osagie invited me to a meeting with a few other people, which included Don Pedro Obaseki. We were less than ten. Minutes into the meeting, Pastor Osagie made it known to us that he called us to discuss an idea he had and christened the SIMPLE Agenda. I make bold to say that it was at that meeting, that Don Pedro Obaseki heard about the Simple Agenda for the very first time. Instructively, he applauded the idea. However, the envy on his face could not be hidden. I believe that, it is that same envy that has been playing out over the years in his relationship with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu stated at the meeting that the SIMPLE Agenda were his thoughts and vision of how Edo State can be transformed into a model state. He went further to give us more detailed information on what each of the letters stood for. And I must tell you, that when Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu spoke animatedly about the SIMPLE Agenda, one could not help but be captivated by his vision and passion for what he was unveiling to us at that meeting. Therefore, it beats my imagination why anyone of us that attended that meeting could claim that the idea was his own.
After his presentation, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu asked for our thoughts and contribution to the idea. As a matter of fact, Don Pedro Obaseki actually did not make any contribution to the discussion surrounding the SIMPLE Agenda because he was busy trying to push some of his own ideas which were not accepted by group.
I am aware that not too long after the above mentioned meeting, Don Pedro Obaseki granted an interview in the UK, where he attempted to lay claim to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE Agenda. He was cautioned for the unholy act. Thereafter, he went back on the same TV program in the UK to correct the lie that he had told. He made it known on air that the Simple Agenda was actually the idea of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
It is clear that Barr. Emwanta and his likes are desperate to discredit Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s universal acclaimed manifesto because two months to the Edo State Governorship Election, their principal and candidate of the PDP, neither has a convincing manifesto nor an impressive record of performance to present to Edo people, whom he had spent a humongous amount of their money on frivolities. Adaze Emwanta, who was once a lecturer, and is supposed to be a lawyer, painted a pathetic picture of himself for not being able to define what constitutes plagiarism before he went on air and started drooling nonsense. How could he not know that plagiarism involves the publication of a document? Did he ask Don Pedro Obaseki to show proof of the publication of whatever he may have claimed was his SIMPLE AGENDA? Well, of late it has become public knowledge that Adaze Emwanta is committed to the Godwin Obaseki propaganda machinery, which is founded on chicanery and character assassination. Therefore, even if he knew the truth he would not mind twisting it to suit his despicable purpose.
As for Don Pedro Obaseki, he knows that the Simple Agenda was never his idea, a lie which he attempted to correct years ago, although he tried to play on words in the correction interview. I think it behoves Don Pedro to be honest and come clean on the matter because any attempt at political exigency would make him be on the wrong side of posterity.
What everybody, the beguilers and beguiled should know, is that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’ SIMPLE Agenda is not a document that was put together overnight by shallow minds. It is a revolutionary document forged in the furnace of time and in the hands of an excellent man. It is a document which articulation is beyond the unstable disposition of Don Pedro Obaseki. Instead of looking for a way to shoot down Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s distinctive manifesto, he should use whatever intellectual competence he lays claim to, to design a manifesto to fill the gap for Obaseki’s embarrassing vacuity.
I, Tinyan Otuomagie boldly make the above assertions because I was privileged to be at that meeting in 2013, where Don Pedro Obaseki first heard about the SIMPLE Agenda, which he tried to claim in 2015 on the occasion of an interview he granted Ben TV in London, and which Obaseki propagandists and zombies are sharing in the social media to discredit Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the initiator, the articulator and the publisher.