- Governor Nyesom Wike has heaped praises on the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Akpolokpolo Ewuare II
- The Rivers State governor said the revered monarch's apolitical stance should be emulated
- Governor Wike made the comment when he joined his PDP counterparts on a thank you visit to the Oba
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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Akpolokpolo Ewuare II for his apolitical stance during the just concluded Edo State governorship election.
Governor Wike made the commendation when he joined his Edo, Sokoto, Adamawa and Oyo states counterparts on a thank you visit to the revered monarch.
The governor who served as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council for the Edo election, stated that the visit was in fulfilment of the party's promise to visit the royal father if they win the election.
“We made a promise when we came on a courtesy visit during the flag off of the PDP campaign in Benin that by the grace of God if we win the election, we will come back again to say thank you.
“You made a promise that as a father to everybody you will be apolitical and will pray with your chiefs and Edo people for peaceful elections.
“Having fulfilled your promise, it will be unfair for us not to come and fulfil our part.”
Meanwhile, a coalition of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited domestic observers for Edo State governorship election have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise.
The domestic observer groups at a press conference in Benin city on Monday, September 21 noted that the election was free, credible, transparent and met international standards.
Similarly, a foremost pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has rated the conduct and outcome of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State as relatively credible, despite the challenges and infractions which dogged the process.
CDD which deployed 250 stationary and roving observers to keep a close eye on key processes in the election, handed down its verdict in a final observation briefing held on Monday, September 21 noting that the election was relatively peaceful when compared to recent polls by INEC.
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