The Benin Traditional Council led by His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has condemned some youths for their “unruly behaviour” outside the gate of the palace when Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and some leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) visited last Saturday.
The incident had left several persons injured and vehicles damaged. While the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Obaseki of “unleashing violence,” the PDP accused “armed APC Youths” of carrying out the “well co-ordinated assault.”
In a statement signed by the council’s Secretary, Frank Irabor, on Wednesday, it expressed dismay at the incident and reiterated that the Benin Throne is not partisan.
The council advised all politicians not to turn Edo into a war zone because of their ambition.
“The Benin Traditional Council observed with dismay the unruly behaviour of some youths outside the gate of the Palace on Saturday, 25th July, 2020, when His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki and some other PDP Governors visited His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin,” the statement said.
“The Benin Traditional Council wishes to state that His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin warmly welcomed the august visitors, led by His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State.
“The meeting was cordial. During the meeting, His Royal Majesty recalled the warm reception accorded him by Governor Nyesom Wike and Governor Aminu Tambuwal when the Omo N’Oba paid a ‘Thank You’ visit to both states. The courtesy of the esteemed august visitors to the Omo N’Oba ended very well.
“We were therefore surprised to hear later that there was an incident outside the Palace, directly in front of Oredo Local Government Secretariat. His Royal Majesty condemns this unruly behaviour that occurred in front of the Palace.
“We wish to emphasise once more that the Benin Throne is not partisan.
“The Benin Traditional Council uses this medium to advise all political party members not to turn Edo State into a war zone because of gubernatorial ambition.
“His Royal Majesty is committed to peace and tranquillity in the state and, peaceful upcoming gubernatorial election.”
Therefore, the palace enjoined all Edo indigenes to join the monarch in continuous prayers for a peaceful governorship election in the state.
The election is scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020.