- Governor Godwin Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu have met at the palace of the Oba of Benin to sign a peace pact
- Both politicians are considered the major contenders in the coming Edo governorship election
- The peace meeting was converged by the Oba of Benin
Ahead of the governorship election in Edo state, the two leading candidates, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu have met at the palace of the Oba of Benin to sign a peace pact.
The political atmosphere in Edo state has been tense following verbal exchanges between the incumbent governor, Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his contender, Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that the peace agreement between the politicians which were held on Wednesday, September 2, was conveyed by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II in order to douse the tension in the state.
According to reports, other major political actors in the state also attended the peace meeting.
Legit.ng reported that the Oba of Benin had disclosed that he would invite all the participating candidates to his palace to sign a peace pact.
The monarch made the disclosure on Thursday, August 27, when he played host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Mahmud Yakubu.
Oba Ewuare II said the peace pact would enable the candidates to talk to their followers to eschew violence.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the commission was fully prepared and ready for the commencement of the September 19, Edo governorship election.
The Nation reports that Yakubu made this known on Thursday, August 27, during a meeting with the Inter Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), in Benin.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that the commission had successfully carried 10 out of the 14 activities on schedule for the election.
In another report, the Edo state chapter of the PDP has accused the APC of disrespecting 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 the 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.
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