- The Oba of Benin has warned political actors in Edo to de-escalate the tension in the state
- The Oba's warning comes a few weeks before the Edo governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 19
- The revered monarch asked the leading candidates in the election to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan
Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has asked leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 polls.
The monarch gave the advice charge on Wednesday, September 2 during a peace meeting he had with the leading candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki; APC flagbearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ex-APC national chairmen, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun among others, were in attendance.
Speaking during the meeting, the revered traditional ruler expressed his displeasure over the attitude of some politicians.
According to the monarch, he is unhappy that the state has been in the news for the wrong reasons.
He admonished the political actors to avoid heating up the polity, adding that they must put the interest of the state first.
While appealing to the political actors to sheathe their swords, the king asked them to avoid violence.
He thereafter demanded an assurance from the politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the elections.
The Oba explained that the move is necessary to ensure that Edo State will not become a laughingstock.
After the meeting, the political leaders took turns to assure the traditional ruler that peace will reign in the state.
The meeting was held a day after the Edo state chapter of the PDP 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 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.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that 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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