On Wednesday, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II met with political parties and leaders where he sued for peace and urged them to emulate the action of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 when he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
First to meet with the monarch were gladiators of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, who Oba Ewuare II said were hitting up the polity.
Noting that elections were not a do-or-die affair, he said the politicians must note that they have only Edo state to call their own and thus must do everything to protect it from disintegration.
He said not only has the state been in the news for the wrong reasons but also that the governorship election has pitched the people against themselves. He said “Today is a very historic day, in the history of Edo State and in the history of the ancient kingdom of Benin.
I don’t think we had reasons to call this kind of meeting. I appreciate the respect you gentlemen have shown to the traditional institution.
Edo politics have been in the news for quite some time now for all the wrong reasons, we have sleepless nights for quite sometime now because these are all our people, these are people of the same stock, from the same body, there is nobody that is a stranger to each other.
I have been worried; I have been worried right from the time the conflict started between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor and the incumbent governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki.