By Augustine Osayande
In the vibrant tapestry of Edo State politics, the upcoming 2024 governorship election has set the stage for a dynamic display of political prowess. As politicians from various parties embark on their campaign journeys, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerges as a formidable contender, poised to leave an indelible mark on the political landscape.
Recently it became crystal clear to Edo voters who were doubting whether their beloved Pastor will come out to contest again put rest following Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu declaration in the 2024 Edo state Governorship election with a gathering of members and executives from Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon Local Government area. It was a fun fair and homecoming atmosphere with the presence of Chief Matthew Ehigie (Chairman APC Elders council Orhionmwon LGA), Mr Larry Enobakhare (APC LGA Secretary), Mr Henry Obe (Chairman Ugboko ward), Mr Igieholor (Ugboko ward secretary), Ugboko ward Woman Leader, Ugboko ward Youth Leader, Chief Lawrence (Chairman Ukpato ward), Hon. Nosa Obamwonyi, and leaders from various wards in Orhionmwon Local Government. This warm reception and gathering of politicians only depict that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu political structure is intact.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s multifaceted persona extends beyond the confines of religious leadership, seamlessly weaving through the intricate tapestry of Nigerian society with a remarkable presence in both spiritual and political realms. As the Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edo Province 16, he doesn’t merely hold a position; he embodies a profound commitment to fostering spiritual growth and community development.
At the helm of Edo Province 16, Pastor Ize-Iyamu serves as a guiding force, leading a significant religious community with unwavering dedication. His pastoral role extends far beyond the pulpit, encompassing the mentorship of individuals seeking spiritual guidance and the facilitation of community-oriented initiatives. Through his charismatic leadership, he not only influences the local dynamics of the RCCG congregation but also plays a pivotal role in shaping the spiritual landscape on a national scale within the RCCG hierarchy.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s impact, however, is not confined to the spiritual domain alone. His journey extends into the intricate and often tumultuous realm of Nigerian politics, where he has emerged as a formidable figure. The seamless transition from the spiritual to the political underscores his versatility and ability to navigate the complexities inherent in both spheres.
In the political arena, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has displayed a keen understanding of governance, policy, and the pressing issues that confront the nation. His foray into politics is marked by a genuine commitment to effect positive change and contribute to the betterment of society. This dual engagement speaks to his belief in the interconnectedness of spiritual and societal well-being, recognizing the importance of addressing both the material and spiritual needs of the people he serves.
His journey into the political arena has been both extensive and impactful. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is no stranger to the intricacies of Nigerian politics, particularly in the vibrant political landscape of Edo State. His earlier role as the National Vice-Chairman, South-South Zone, of the now-defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) attests to his commitment and involvement in national politics.
Ize-Iyamu was former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo state government and served as Director General of Adams Oshiomhole’s 2nd term Campaign Organisation. He was also the Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation in Edo State.
A political chameleon of sorts, Pastor Ize-Iyamu transitioned between major political parties, adding layers of complexity to his political identity. From his roots in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he made a significant leap to the All Progressives Congress (APC), drawing attention and sparking debates about the underpinnings of his political ideology and motivations. The shifting allegiances have made him a subject of scrutiny, with observers delving into the nuances of his political journey.
Undoubtedly, the pinnacle of Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s political ambitions materialized in the gubernatorial elections of 2016 and 2020 in Edo State. Crossing party lines, he contested under the banners of both the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, showcasing his broad appeal and diverse political network. The elections were characterized by fervent campaigns and impassioned debates, reflecting the intensity of the political landscape.
During the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu presented a comprehensive platform that resonated with the electorate. His promises encompassed pivotal issues such as economic development, job creation, and infrastructure improvement, encapsulating the aspirations of the people. The tightly contested election marked a pivotal moment in his political career, serving as a testament to his resilience and ability to navigate the turbulent currents of Nigerian politics.
A substantial majority of Edo voters are already acquainted with Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE Agenda, a comprehensive blueprint for governance in the event of his election. The Ize-Iyamu SIMPLE Agenda is a meticulously devised plan that warrants careful revision to align with contemporary developmental indicators and the prevailing realities on the ground. This agenda encapsulates critical focal points that address paramount concerns within the state.
For clarity, the acronym ‘SIMPLE’ delineates the strategic pillars of the agenda, with each letter representing a pivotal aspect. ‘S’ signifies a commitment to Security and Social Welfare, ‘I’ underscores the emphasis on Infrastructural Development/Urban Renewal, ‘M’ denotes the dedication to Manpower Development and Training, ‘P’ highlights the focus on fostering Public Private Partnership (PPP), ‘L’ underscores Leadership by Example, and ‘E’ underscores the commitment to Employment Creation and a Social Empowerment Scheme.
As the political stage in Edo State welcomes a plethora of candidates, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu stands out as a figure of significance, embodying the intricate interplay between faith, politics, and the pursuit of societal progress. His journey, marked by resilience and adaptability, continues to unfold, promising to shape the political narrative of Edo State in the forthcoming election.
● Augustine Osayande PhD contributed this article through firstname.lastname@example.org