- The Oba of Benin has issued a very stern warning to supporters of the PDP and the APC
- The warning followed a clash between the supporters at the gate of the monarch's palace
- Oba Ewuare ll who described the behaviour of politicians’ supporters as unruly, said the Benin throne is not partisan
- The Benin monarch warned politicians against turning the state into a war zone
The clash between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been condemned by Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare ll.
Recall that there was a clash in front of the palace of the Oba of Benin last weekend which occurred not long after Governor Godwin Obaseki, some PDP governors and the leadership of the party, who came for the flag-off of the governorship campaign, left the palace.
The monarch who did not mince words in condemning the attack, issued a stern warning to politicians, asking them not to turn Edo state into a war zone ahead of the September 19 governorship election, This Day reports.
The monarch maintained that the palace is non-partisan. This was contained in a statement by secretary of Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Chief Frank Irabor.
According to the council, the Oba is committed to peace and tranquillity in the state, and also the conduct of a peaceful governorship election.
Irabor said the august visitors led by Governor Obaseki were warmly received by the monarch.
The council which noted that the meeting was cordial and ended well, expressed surprise that a clash occurred afterwards outside the palace.
“We wish to emphasise, once more, that the Benin throne is not partisan.
“The BTC uses this medium to advise all political party members not to turn Edo state into a war zone because of gubernatorial ambition," part of the statement read.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the Edo governorship election draws closer, the PDP has shown readiness to reclaim the south-south state.
The party on Saturday, July 25, flagged-off the campaign for the re-election of Governor Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu.
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has been accused by the New Nigeria Collective (NNC) group of running his government based on lies.
According to the group, Obaseki is best known for hounding opponents who refuse to support his government.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 22 and signed by its chairman, Adeola Adewunmi, the group also accused the governor of making several attempts to intimidate one of the respected men in Edo state, Captain Hosa Okunbor.
According to NNC, the governor also went further, using his libellous claims against Okunbor through his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, without any iota of proof.
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