Edo Guber: “Enough Is Enough”, Oba of Benin scolds Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu over Pre-Election Violence
NEWSMAN, Benin – Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has rebuked governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the pre-election violence and belligerent electioneering utterances, threatening to tear the state apart ahead of the September 19 election.
At a peace meeting in his palace in Benin, the monarch said “The utterances, statements and activities that I hear are most immature”, warning them to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner, as election was not a do-or-die affair.
“I have noted that Benin’s politics has been in the news for quite sometimes for all the wrong reasons. I have been having sleepless nights for some days. We are all from Edo State. We are no strangers. Why do you want lives to be lost by arming thugs, who will later hide the guns? Enough is enough. Let the September 19 governorship election in Edo State be peaceful”, Oba Ewuare II said.
He added, “I am very sad about what is happening in Edo State. This is the worst scenario. Let us eschew violence and give peace a chance in Edo State.
“I cannot have you fighting. I want to plead with the politicians and the political actors to sheathe their swords, because the international community is watching.”
In their responses, Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu assured the monarch that they would promote peace and promised to ensure that their supporters conduct themselves in a peaceful manner henceforth.
Obaseki, who commended the monarch for his fatherly role, said: “I have sworn on oath to protect the people and it will be irresponsible of me to do otherwise, especially that which can lead to the destruction of lives and property.”
Ize-Iyamu said he would ensure that his supporters conduct themselves in a peaceful manner throughout the remaining campaign and during the election.