Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has lost his 18.0736 hectares of farmland on Amagba Village in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The revocation of his Certificate-of-Occupancy (C-O) of the property that houses ‘I. O Farms’, was conveyed to Ize-Iyamu in a letter dated July 22, 2021 and signed by Mrs. Nora Ohiwerei, for the Managing Director of Urban Planning on behalf of the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Part of the letter reads: “I am directed to inform you that the Edo state Governor Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki has formally revoked the statutory right on all that parcel of land measuring approximately 18.0736 hectares in Amagba Village area”, he said.
Recall that the State government had in a paid announcement listed the properly among others whose C-of-O had been revoked.
Ize-Iyamu became a person of interest when he secured APC Governorship election ticket after Obaseki’s disqualification by APC Governorship election screening Committee under Oshiomhole’s watch in July 2020 over what it termed alleged discrepancies in the documents he submitted to the Committee.
The incumbent Governor with his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, defected from APC to the Peoples Democratic party, APC after a horse-trading.
Obaseki became the standard bearer of the party and defeated the APC Candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, with over 80,000 votes in the election that was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Governor, had returned a property that was gifted to him at the twilight of Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure in government in 2021 and ordered the demolition of properties and illegal structures that were erected on government land in Benin City, the State Capital.
Former deputy governor of the State, Pius Odubu, member representing Owan Constituency in House of Representatives, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere and Mr. Matthew Itamagbor who is a close ally of Oshiomhole, former national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
But he explained that the removal of illegal structures was in line with the State Extant Planning Laws and Regulations and aimed at ensuring order and sanitizing the built environment space.
Obaseki spoke this when he visited the demolition site of 30 lock-up stores illegally built without a building permit at Iyekogba Housing Estate where a Cameraman attached to Edo State Government House was brutalised by police personnel.
Revocation Letter below: