Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has called on the governorship candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki; and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to caution their supporters against violence.
The monarch made the appeal at a peace meeting he convened for critical stakeholders in Benin, the state capital, on Wednesday.
He revealed that he had been having sleepless nights over the growing violence in the state ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
The monarch further described the election as the worst scenario in Edo politics, adding that the state has frequently been in the news for the wrong reasons.
“The warning is especially for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party,” he said.
“We are doing our bit internally; traditional prayers are being offered so that there will be peace during the election.
“I want to appeal to politicians to control the youths. I want the politicians to assure us that there will be peace. You do not kill yourselves over an office.
“This is the worst scenario of all the politics that we have seen in Edo. Edo politics have been in the news for quite sometime now for all the wrong reasons.
“I have had sleepless nights over this. My mind is burning up over this violence and shooting all over the state. Let the shooting stop and let there be peace and quiet in the state.”
While calling for a peaceful election, the monarch urged the politicians to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan who willingly announced his own defeat in the 2015 presidential election.
“Don’t kill yourselves over an office. Don’t kill yourselves over votes. Let us have the working relationship that President Muhammadu Buhari had with Goodluck Jonathan; It is not a do or die affair,” he said.
“The two candidates must tow the line of peace just like Jonathan did when he willingly announced his acceptance of defeat in 2015.
“This singular act changed the prediction of international community that Nigeria will break up as a result of that election.
“We are begging you politicians, particularly the two political gladiators. You must all do your bit to calm down the tension in the state.”
Former national chairmen of APC and ex-governors of the state, Adams Oshiomhole and John Odigie-Oyegun, were also in attendance.