In a bid to secure the votes of communities of Iyekogba, Oredo local government area of Edo State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has reached a pact to build roads and other amenities for them if he becomes governor.
The pact commits Mr. Ize-Iyemu to execute the projects in the document if voted governor come September 10.
The communities of about 53 villages had vowed only to support the governorship candidate who would be willing to enter into a formal agreement with them on the provision of amenities and other infrastructures.
At a meeting with traditional rulers and youth groups, the candidate was presented with a list of projects contained in a document he would be required to execute on assumption of office.
The list contained roads, schools and the appointment of indigenes into influential positions into his government.
The governorship candidate went ahead to sign the document, saying he had no problems doing.
Chairman of the traditional council of the area, Anthony Osayemwenre, said the communities had resolved that their support for any candidate would be dependent on his going into a signed agreement with them.
He lamented that in spite of their size and contributions to the determination of the electoral process, Iyekogba communities had always lacked government impact by way of provision of necessary infrastructure.
He said this time, their demands had been spelt out clearly and would become a reference point when the candidate was elected governor.
Mr. Ize-Iyamu said he was impressed by the initiative of the communities and he had no difficulty signing because all the requests were in consonance with his development drive and that of his party.
He used the occasion to introduce his written manifesto titled the Simple Agenda which articulates how he intends to achieve his development goals.
Mr. Ize-Iyamu, a pastor, called the attention of the members of the communities to a page in the Agenda where he mentioned the construction of the roads in Iyekogba to link Ekewan Communities in Ovia North East Local Government Area.
He said beyond the facilities requested, he desired to bring industrialization to Iyekogba so as to enhance the economy of the place as well as create jobs for members of the communities.