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Edo2020 : Oshiomole, Ize-Iyamu At War Over Campaign Strategy

Ahead of the September 19 Governorship elections in Edo State, Oshiomole and the APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu disagree and lock horns over campaign strategies.

By Oluwaseyi Santino

The two were said to have clashed at a meeting on Friday. In attendance were several members of Oshiomole's team including the non-sense making former House of Representatives member and Chief of Staff to Adams Oshiomole, Patrick Obahiagbon.

It was gathered that the disagreement ensued when the Ize-Iyamu commenced the meeting by saying that the Simple Agenda has been accepted by the people of Edo State.

Oshiomole quickly interrupted his boy, saying that he must be a joke if he thinks that's how he intends to win the coming election by merely selling a mandate to the people in addition to bribing them for votes.

He reminded the APC candidate that he had invested a lot in him, telling him that their Simple Agenda is to Bring Back the Lions and Tigers to the Streets, staying that the election must be won by thuggery and bloodshed.

Tension heightened when Ize-Iyamu disagreed with some of his methods, telling his new found godfather that he preferred they used the violence solely for rigging purposes and not intimidate voters. That was when all hell let loose as Oshiomole couldn't keep his calm any longer.

“What do you know about elections? I know how to win and to win you must play dirty. Do you think we will win with your senseless Simple Agenda? I am the one funding you so I get to choose how to secure my investment. We must win at all cost! It is obvious you're still a novice in this political game. If you're not ready for this then return to your church. " 

Attempts were made by Patrick Obahiagbon to pacify things but an angry Oshiomole wouldn't stop. A timid Ize-Iyamu begged the godfather to forgive him for this foolishness and agreed that thuggery was the way to go. Oshiomole stormed out of the meeting labelling Ize-Iyamu weak and clueless.

6 weeks to the governorship elections in Edo State, Oshiomole and his puppet candidate Ize-Iyamu continue to disagree regarding several issues.

Ize-Iyamu has complained about not been generously financially backed by the former Governor, while Oshiomole on the other hand has blamed Ize-Iyamu for his inability to pull crowds at campaign spots recently visited.

Sources say that Oshiomole is wary of putting so much into the campaign only for things to fail so he has been cautious with his financial backing of the Pastor he once called a fake pastor and armed robber.

The two were rumoured to have had a heated argument after their visit to the Enigie's. A move which also proved fatal to their campaign as they were wholly rejected and left embarrassed.

It was gathered that while Oshiomole and members of his entourage knelt to appeal to the Enigie's for their support in the coming elections, a proud Ize-Iyamu refused to kneel and rather chose to seat.

This show of pride led to Oshiomole screaming at Ize-Iyamu and raining insults on him as they left in shame.

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