From Bisi Olaniyi, Benin
An ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, Dr. Don-Pedro and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have disagreed over the marketing campaign manifesto tagged “SIMPLE Agenda.”
Don-Pedro, the convener, Midwest Motion, claimed that Ize-Iyamu stole the agenda.
He vowed to retrieve his mental property.
Obaseki’s ally claimed that he first publicly unveiled the agenda in August 2015 throughout a reside programme on BENTV, United Kingdom, the place he introduced his six-pronged marketing campaign manifesto as an aspirant for the 2016 governorship election in Edo State.
Don-Pedro stated: “It has come to my consideration that individuals have been promoting their marketing campaign manifesto to be the SIMPLE Agenda, which is a lifting of my concepts that I shared publicly in 2015.
“My SIMPLE thought is an acronym for Safety and Social Welfare, Infrastructure Growth and City Renewal, Manpower Growth and Coaching, Public-Non-public Partnership, Management by Instance and Employment for Edo Youths. This is similar as what Pastor Ize-Iyamu and his followers are parading on-line as we speak.
“So, I state categorically that I will probably be starting processes for retrieving my mental property, as it’s apparent that the concept didn’t originate from those that are pushing on with it as we speak.”
Ize-Iyamu, via the Chairman, Edo State APC Media Marketing campaign Council, Prince John Mayaki, described as frivolous, the claims of Don-Pedro, which he declared may put him in hassle with the regulation.
Mayaki stated: “His (Don-Pedro’s) first try to assert possession of the SIMPLE Agenda, an acronym and manifesto conceived and developed by Pastor Ize-Iyamu, was throughout an interview on Ben TV, believing that he may use the psychological energy of one other to make himself look good, with out his information or discover.
“Pastor Ize-Iyamu had invited Don-Pedro and some different individuals to a gathering in 2013, within the dwelling of Mr. Osaretin Edosomwan, the place he shared the SIMPLE Agenda thought, a end result of his ideas on how you can transfer Edo State ahead, and made clear his intention to run for the governor on the manifesto.
“The acronym and the driving thought maybe left an enduring impression on Don-Pedro, who would then go on TV to assert it. However when this was dropped at the eye of Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Don-Pedro confirmed regret, apologised and the large-hearted Pastor Ize-Iyamu forgave him for the grievous offence.
“As a matter of reality, Don-Pedro held one other interview and several other others after that the place he clarified that the concept of the SIMPLE Agenda originated from Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
“Don-Pedro supported Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s governorship bid in 2016, when he ran with the identical manifesto and acronym, and not using a phrase or rivalry. His turnaround is doubtless political and a shameful commercial of his lack of scruples.
“Don-Pedro has not solely lowered himself to backing a candidate he vehemently opposed in 2016 (Godwin Obaseki), however he’s additionally now providing himself as a software for hatchet jobs and baseless propaganda, with out minding what it should do to his identify and what’s left of his integrity.
“May it’s due to the appointment Governor Obaseki gave Don-Pedro on the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS), Benin, the place he doesn’t resume or contribute something, however attracts month-to-month salaries and allowances from the purse of Edo State?
“PDP and Obaseki haven’t any manifesto of their very own to run with or promote. They’re evidently intimidated by the vast acceptance and commendation of Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE Agenda, therefore the weak try to convey it into disrepute. We aren’t stunned at this as a result of it’s a acquainted tactic of failures.”
Ize-Iyamu stated he anticipated Don-Pedro, “a self-acclaimed professor,” to know higher, particularly within the areas of mental property and ethical integrity, including that cash may certainly corrupt all issues.