The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2016 election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu has called on Nigerians to join hands together in rescuing the country from the grips of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) .
Addressing a solidarity rally at his residence in Benin City on Tuesday in celebration of the 2018 Democracy Day, Ize-Iyamu charged Nigerians to ensure that they use their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to vote out the APC which he said has visited misery, hardship and hunger on the people since it took over power in 2015.
He said his detention in Benin Prison while waiting to perfect his bail following his arraignment before a Federal High Court for alleged money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) has further strengthened him.
His words: “Let me tell you, this government has failed. But you know, it was good that they came because if they had not come, we would not know that they would fail so badly. And at the federal level, they have failed, in every state, they have failed and God is saying they must not return.
“They must not return. I want all of you to get ready because this country belongs to us. All of us cannot leave this country for abroad and all of will not die today. By the grace of God, our enemies will die and we will be here to bury them. We must rescue our people. We must rescue our country.”
Clearing the air on his arraignment by the EFCC for alleged money laundering, he continued: “These are not good people. What was my offense? The same thing they tried me for during governorship period that they failed. They said, we collected money for presidential election. Who does not spend money for election? So APC did not spend money for election?
“They said if you give anybody more than ₦5 million, you are guilty of money laundering. I want APC to swear that they did not give their chairmen or their ward chairmen money above ₦5 million.
“The hypocrisy, lies and the deceit is too much. I want to tell you that corruption is worse in Nigeria. The insecurity, herdsmen are killing people, you cannot even go to the farms again and they want us to still vote for that government.
“I want to tell you people as a people, as a pastor, God will disappoint them. All their plans for 2019, God will disappoint them because the suffering is too much. The oppression is too much.”