By Rasheed Sobowale
The conventional ruler of Edo and Edoid individuals, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has expressed his discontent with godfatherism and presentation of a consensus candidate by a faction of celebration chieftains to control the individuals of Edo State.
Describing the current state of political energy play in Edo State as “Ghana Must Go politics”, the Oba stated in an announcement on Thursday; “Politicians should stop cashing in on the poor masses and exploiting them for their votes,”
Edo State has turn out to be the limelight of political tussle forward of the governorship elections scheduled to be held on 19th of September. The feud between the sitting governor, Governor Godwin Obaseki and the previous governor and Nationa Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has been a spotlight of debate in political circles and throughout the media.
Speaking additional on the heated contest for energy between the 2, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo stated the 2 “political vices” are antithetical to the elemental foundation of democracy.
The 40th Oba of the Benin Empire additionally denied hearsay that he influenced some aspirants to step down for a selected candidate.
“The palace totally denounces this evil speculation and condemns those that originated it,” he stated.
“Rumour mongers are reminded that there is an ancestral curse on anyone who attempts to tarnish the image of the Oba of Benin and the ancient throne of Benin Kingdom, which will normally be for their selfish ends.”
“His Royal Majesty, Omo N‘Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpoiokpolo, the Oba of Benin has stated occasions with out quantity that the Palace of the Oba of Benin doesn’t get entangled in partisan politics.
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“The three prayer factors of the Oba of Benin within the democratic course of have all the time been as follows; that God and our ancestors ought to give us a governor that may accord respect to conventional establishments, develop this state and supply meals on the desk for the lots.
“The Omo N’Oba strongly advises that to be able to eschew recurrent socio political battle that appears to continually ravish the state, making Edo individuals a laughing inventory to the remainder of the nation in how politicians handle the affairs of Edo individuals, our Edo political actors should eradicate the dual evil political vices of Godfatherism and CONSENSUS CANDIDATE.
“These two practices appear antithetical to the very elementary foundation of democracy. In different phrases this enterprise of coercing aspirants to step down for an additional candidate for in any respect motive is undemocratic. It won’t augur nicely for the event of democratic course of in Nigeria.
“As the various political parties go about the process of selecting their candidates through their respective party primaries, we urge all to exercise the highest standards of maturity and sportsmanship, as the desire to bring about the best for the people of Edo State cannot be compromised nor sacrificed on the altar of intolerance, rumour mongering and fake news.”
Vanguard had reported that Obaseki was disqualified from contesting within the APC governorship main elections in addition to two others; Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
Following hearsay that the governor was contemplating defecting to a different celebration, main opposition celebration, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed its willingness to welcome him.
PDP on Thursday introduced the postponement of its main election. A transfer presupposed to be a delay to afford Obaseki extra time to cross over.
Vanguard News Nigeria.