Edo Poll: I’m not for, against any candidate says Oba of Benin


The Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II has clarified insinuations in some quarters that the palace is supporting a particular candidate for the Edo State September 19 governorship election. The Oba expressed dismay over the recent happenings in the state and called on the people to pray for a peaceful election

Oba Ewuare II made the clarification when he a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni paid a courtesy visit to his Palace in Benin City ahead of the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The monarch while calling on political parties to carry on their campaigns peacefully devoid of hatred, Oba Ewuare II said the palace is not partisan and will never be partisan as it is laid down rules.

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According to him, “There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.