‘They’ve poisoned my day’, Edo commissioner reveals amid election blues

As the governorship election in Edo state continues to generate controversies, the state information commissioner, Kassim Afegbua, has expressed anger over a report that allegedly lied against him.

There were reports that the commissioner had pitched tents with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Kassim Afegbua

Kassim Afegbua says he does not support Ize-Iyamu

The reports said Afegbua, a former spokesperson to former military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, had declared his support for Ize-Iyamu in the election that was supposed to hold on September 10, but was postponed to September 28.

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But the commissioner denied the claim saying the report had poisoned his weekend which culminates in the celebration of the Eid el-Kabir, a religious festival of the Muslims.

The election is believed to be majorly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) whose candidate is Godwin Obaseki, and the PDP’s Ize-Iyamu.

On his Facebook wall, Afegbua wrote: “Someone has just poisoned my weekend which ought to be eve to my Sallah celebration, by imputing that I said I am supporting the PDP candidate.

“This is a big scam and the conveyors of such odium are not only suffering from political thalidomide, but have taken desperation to ridiculous extent.

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“I mean, in this jet age, people should drive information with truth and honesty and not this shameless imputation of outrightly misleading information to score cheap political points.

Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, the two major contenders for the Edo governorship election

Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, the two major contenders for the Edo governorship election

“I did not discuss with anyone about any support for the PDP candidate. I am fully for the candidate of the APC and my last interview on Friday, 9th September, captured in Daily Independent says it all.

“IT IS A STRAIGHT WIN FOR APC. So why on earth will some clueless and colourless demagogues ascribe a false statement to me.

“Is this the ridiculous extent that the social media has degenerated or someone is trying to be clever by half? Hmmm, what a society with very disturbing character indices with their ridiculous promoters.

“I AM FOR OBASEKI PURE AND SIMPLE. Anyone not comfortable with that can go to hell. That’s my political right and I can exercise it to the fullest.”

The election was postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after a security report claimed that the Boko Haram sect could strike during the period.

While the APC says it respects the security report, the PDP and some Nigerians think the postponement is political.

Kassim Afegbua

Kassim Afegbua


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