By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq.
Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II has urged the two major candidates for the office of Governor in the state, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to settle for peace.
Oba Ewuare warns both major aspirants to call their political foot soldiers to order, saying that the Benin Crown will no longer tolerate any form of political violence in the state.
He notified that Edo State must not be threatened by any act of political violence by sponsored thugs and war of words by gladiators as we gradually approach September 19.
The ‘Umogun of ancient Bini Kingdom’ noted that politics ought to be for socioeconomic growth, promote peace, unity and enhance the living standards of the people, and not a breeding ground for hoodlums, rascals, and social deviants.
He appealed to Obaseki And Ize-Iyamu to emulate the political maturity of former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Mohammadu Buhari and urged them to abstain completely from any form of political violence, names calling and open display of politics of vengeance.
Furthermore, The first class royal father also expressed his absolute displeasure over the attacks on Governor Obaseki and other top ranking political leaders in his palace on the day PDP flagged off Obaseki’s campaign in Benin City.
He said that such gross misconduct will no longer be tolerated by the Crown and Benin Traditional Council, BTC.
Oba Ewuare specifically frowned at the awful disqualification of Obaseki from the APC governorship primaries,
According to the Oba of Benin, he noted that such singular unfortunate scenario fractured good conscience and natural justice.
He continued the sense that Obaseki’s credentials which gave him the party’s ticket in 2016 suddenly became questionable in 2020.
This is a development that must be discouraged in our quest as a nation to grow and entrench constitutional democracy in the 21st century.
The Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo warned that political gladiators in the state must not take the crown for granted.
In addition, the Benin royal crown remained apolitical which is why he will not be taking side with any of the governorship candidates by not casting his vote on election day, to further confirm his neutrality in the electioneering process.
He called on those peddling rumors that the Monarch had endorsed one of the candidates, to stop spreading such unfounded rumors, pointing out that as a royal father and custodian of Edo peoples culture and tradition.
In other words, he remained apolitical and will neither venture into political affiliations nor take sides with any political actor or actors in electioneering matters.
In conclusion, the apex of the meeting was the embrace of both contenders, Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu signifying end to act of political violence before, during and after the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.