Ahead of the Edo 2020 governorship election, the Benin traditional council has said it has not prevailed on any aspirant to step down for the other, as being reported.
In a press release by the Palace of the Benin traditional council and signed by its Secretary, Frank Irabor, it said “the attention of the Benin Traditional Council has been drawn to the speculation making the rounds in the social media that the Palace of the of the Oba of Benin has prevailed on some gubernatorial aspirants to step down for a particular candidate in the upcoming primaries of a certain political party. The palace totally denounces this evil speculation and those that originated it.
“His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Benin has said times without number that the Palace of the Oba of Benin does not get involved in partisan politics. The three prayer points of the Oba have always been as follows; that God and our ancestors should give us a governor that will accord respect to traditional institution, develop his state and provide food on the table of the masses.”
The statement further called on politicians in Edo State to rally and come to a common ground as the current political situation of the state is unpalatable. It the said the twin menace of godfatherism and Consensus Candidacy should be abolished in the state as they are ‘antithetical to the very fundamental basis of democracy.’ The statement quoted the Oba as saying things may not augur well with Nigeria if this twin problems persist.
The Traditional Council also called to an end to what it tagged “Ghana Must Go” politics in the state, calling on politicians not to exploit the masses of the state.
“We believe all qualified aspirants to any elective office should be given a level playing field for democracy to develop to the next level in Nigeria. Political actors should learn to mature up and not wash their dirty linen in public. In Benin adage, a masquerade does not perform outside without first performing at home.”
The Palace said politicians in the state should not depend on external forces to take their own decisions, saying consultations made should be local, as those in the state will best manage its affairs.
Further calling for maturity from aspirants, the Palace reminded rumour peddlers that there is an ancestral curse on anyone who attempts to tarnish the image of the Oba of Benin, or the throne.