- The Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has reacted to the political development in Edo state
- The monarch said he will never support the imposition of any candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the state
- Oba of Benin, however, warned the people of the state against dragging the palace into partisan politics
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Amid growing political tension in Edo state, the Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has finally reacted to the developments in the state.
The Nation reports that the monarch, according to a statement issued by the Benin place on Thursday, June 18, said he is opposed to imposition (consensus candidate) and godfatherism in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the statement, signed by Frank Irabor, the secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, said there was no truth in social media speculations that the royal father had prevailed on some governorship aspirants to step down for one of the aspirants in the upcoming shadow poll of a certain political party.
The rescheduled primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold on June 23, a day after that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is slated for Monday, June 22.
The statement said the monarch’s prayer had always been that “God and our ancestors should give us a governor that will accord respect to traditional institution, develop this state and, provide food on the table for the masses.”
The statement warned against dragging the royal father into politics, insisting that the palace is warry of the imposition of candidates.
It read: “HRM has said times without number that the palace of the Oba of Benin does not get involved in partisan politics.
“The Omo N’Oba strongly advises that in order to eschew recurrent socio-political conflict that seems to constantly ravish the state, making Edo people a laughing stock to the rest of the country on how politicians manage the affairs of Edo people, our Edo political actors must eradicate the twin evil of political vices of godfatherism and consensus candidacy. The two practices seem antithetical to the very fundamental basis of democracy.
“Let everybody take note that the palace is very wary of the imposition of candidates when only certain individuals want, but the majority of the people do not want. ‘Ghana must go’ politics should end in the state. Politicians should stop cashing in on the poor masses and exploiting them for their votes.
“We believe all qualified aspirants in any elective office should be given a level-playing field, for democracy to develop to the next level in Nigeria. Political actors should mature up and learn not to wash their dirty linen in public.”
The Oba of Benin also admonished politicians, as they are preparing for their governorship primary elections, to exercise the highest standards of maturity and sportsmanship, stressing that the desire to bring about the best for the people of Edo state should not be compromised or sacrificed on the altar of intolerance, rumor-mongering and fake news.
The monarch reminded rumour mongers that there is an ancestral curse on anyone who attempts to tarnish the image of the Oba of Benin and the ancient throne of the Benin Kingdom, which would normally be for their selfish ends.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the APC on Thursday, June 18, commenced the replacement process for the post of deputy national secretary.
It was reported that the post was declared vacant on Wednesday, June 17, by the party's National Working Committee (NWC).
The office was occupied by Victor Giadom who resigned from the office in 2018 to contest the River state deputy governorship during the last general elections.
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