- A social media post attacking the Oba of Benin has caught the attention of the Edo state government
- Media aide to the governor, Crusoe Osagie, said efforts made by some persons to link the government to the article is irresponsible
- Osagie stated that the Edo state government will never undermine the revered royal father
Special adviser to Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has said that there is no connection between the state government and a social media post attacking the Oba of Benin, HRM Omo N’ Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II.
The said social media post was reportedly authored by one Canada-based Osaro Omoruyi.
Osagie, in a statement sent to Legit.ng, said: “The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government holds our royal father in very high esteem and will never be part of any unholy plot to attack or undermine him.
“We have studied the said article and the desperate efforts made by some persons to link the article to the Edo state government. In the political season that we are in, some misguided people can go overboard to impress their principals.
“We wish to advise such persons to desist from such irresponsible acts and accord the royal family the respect it rightfully deserves. The name and palace of the Benin monarch are not to be used for petty politics.”
Meanwhile, Osagie has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is stirring controversy so that the authorities will shift the forthcoming September 19 gubernatorial election.
The governor's aide made the allegation in a statement he issued in Benin city on Sunday, September 6 and sent to Legit.ng.
According to him, “Edo state is peaceful, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is committed to enduring peace before, during and after the poll.”
Similarly, the PDP in Edo, on Monday, September 7, accused the APC of contriving violence in some local government areas with the intention of compelling the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the state.
The PDP alleged that the ultimate plan of the APC was to trigger a controversy that will force the postponement of the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
Spokesman of the party in the state, Chris Nehikhare, made the accusation during a press conference in Benin city, on behalf of the PDP campaign council.
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