- The APC has been accused by the PDP of disrespecting the Benin Royal Family
- The party alleged that the APC is using a group known as Bini Renaissance group
- The PDP demanded an apology from the APC over the said verbal attack on the monarch
The Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disrespected the Benin Royal Family through a recent publication.
The party's spokesman in Edo state, Chris Nehikhare, who spoke on behalf of the PDP campaign council in Benin city on Tuesday, September 1, alleged that the APC has been casting aspersions on the Royal family through a group known as Bini Renaissance group.
He said the APC crossed the line in its desperation to drag highly respected persons and institutions in society in the mud "over the downward spiralling of its public rating, few weeks to the September 19 gubernatorial election.”
His words: “APC’s covert assault on the Benin monarch under the masked Bini Renaissance group published on page 34, of Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Vanguard newspaper, is unacceptable and we call on all well-meaning Edo people, home and in the Diaspora, to prevail on the APC to leave our revered King out of their dirty politicking.
“The Royal Palace of the Benin monarch has for decades remained insulated from partisan politics and all political actors have in the past, respected this neutral status of the highly revered palace of the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, and current actors in the political scene must do no less.
“The APC has repeatedly denigrated everything we hold dear, but we will not accept its attack on our highly revered monarch. This time, it has crossed the line! This is unacceptable and we demand of the APC to withdraw the irresponsible publication and apologise to our royal father.”
Nehikhare further said: “It is shameful that the APC will use a faceless group to try to tarnish the very cordial relationship between the palace and the state government.
“It is also unfortunate that the APC will go to such an irresponsible extent in an attempt to dishonour our revered monarch and our traditional institution in the name of politics.
“It is disheartening and surprising that the sponsors of the APC such as Hosa Okunbo and Adams Oshiomhole who should know better about the customs and traditions of Edo people could be part of this plot to drag the palace of the Benin monarch into their sullied politics.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party Youth Assurance Movement recently alleged that the APC is fine-tuning strategies to rig the poll, while Governor Obaseki, the PDP candidate is coasting to victory on the back of huge grassroots' support.
Coordinator of the group, Prince Asunogie Tajudeen, made the comments during a press briefing in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Friday, August 28.
Tajudeen urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to remain above board, stressing that “millions of Nigerians, home and abroad, are closely monitoring the events leading to the poll.”
Meanwhile, the PDP received more defectors in its fold during the ward-to-ward election campaign for Governor Obaseki in Uhunmwode local government area on Monday, August 31.
Among those who defected to the PDP is the chairman of Edo Advanced Allied Party (AAP) Gabriel Erhahon, and the APC chairman in Ehor ward, Solomon Orumwense, among other ward chairmen.
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