Oba Of Benin Warns Politicians With Ulterior Motives During Edo Election

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The Supreme Monarch of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has warned politicians against turning the state into a war zone as they campaign for the September 19 governorship election.

He spoke against the backdrop of the clash of supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP, and Pastor Osagie Ize – Iyamu of the APC in front of his palace, last weekend.

Violence was said to have broken out, leaving some injured between supporters of PDP and APC after the visit of Governor Obaseki, who led other PDP governors and national leaders of the PDP to pay homage to the monarch before the flag-off of his governoship campaign. 

Reacting to the clash, the Monarch in a statement signed by the Secretary of Benin Traditional Council, BTC, Frank Irabor, condemned what he described as unruly behaviour of supporters of the politicians even as he reiterated that the palace remains non-partisan and he pointed out against ulterior motives of said politicians.

The statement also noted the Oba remains committed to peace, and peaceful governorship elections in the state.

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