Edo 2020: Election Not A Do Or Die Affair – Oba Of Benin Tells Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu


The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has warned the leaders and candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop instigating violence and embrace peace ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial polls in Edo state.

The Oba made this known on Wednesday in a meeting that involved leaders and candidates of the major political parties in the state held at his palace in Benin City.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that the PDP through a tweet on Wednesday, announced that the Oba of Benin was in a meeting with the top candidates of the Edo governorship election in his palace.

The monarch warned the members, and supporters of the state chapter of the PDP, and the APC to stop hitting up the polity, beckoning on them to learn from former President, Goodluck Jonathan who honourably called President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 election.

He told the politicians that election was not a do-or-die affair, adding that a governor only lasts for four or eight years and that should not be enough to destroy the state.

“Edo has been in the news for the wrong reasons. I have been worried from the time the conflict started between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor and the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.

“I want you to take your mind back to 2015. Before the final election result was announced, President Goodluck Jonathan picked up his telephone and called President Buhari. All the predictions, forecasts by the international community that Nigeria will break up and so on were quenched by that singular act.

“You are all political actors in Edo State. You have been together, now you are not together; you confuse the public, you are confusing everybody. Why are you doing this? Is it because of the office? It is not for four years and at most another four years; why will you now want lives to be lost? Why do we hear that you are arming thugs?” he said.

After his speech, leaders and cnadidates of the political parties that included Governor Obaseki, his deputy, Philip Shaibu, the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Adams Oshiomhole, and the South-South Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih promised to respect the Oba’s wishes by maintaining peace before, during and after the election.

Also present at the meeting was the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, who assured the Oba and residents of the state that security will be great during and after the governorship election, noting that measures have been put in place to prevent any act of violence.

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