Oba of Benin, the Ewuare N’Ogidgan II, says the Palace does not meddle into partisan politics and has no special candidate when it comes to who will become governor of Edo State.
The revered monarch stated this on Saturday when he received the All Progressives Congress’ candidate for the forthcoming election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other governors elected under the platform of APC.
The entourage visited the Oba at his Palace in Benin City, Edo State, during the flag-off of the party’s governorship campaign in the state.
While praying for the APC’s candidate, Oba Ewuare, said the Palace of the Oba of Benin does not choose any side when it comes to politics, but can only go with the will of the Edo people.
“I want to stress that no matter what anybody might think, we will remain non-partisan because we are expected as we are perceived by our people, because of the expectations of our people, and because of the laid down rules and guidelines of our ancestors, we must be a father to everybody.
“We are not expected to lean either way to this or to that, to anybody, because we see every candidate as our children, so we pray for everybody. We can’t lean towards a particular candidate, however, only God and our ancestors, know the mind of man,” Oba Ewuare stated.
He, however, noted that the Palace has not been happy with the recent events in the state and he advised that everyone should pray for a peaceful election in Edo State.
“There is nothing as powerful as prayers. As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the Oba of Benin told members of the APC present at his palace on Saturday.
The Oba advised all players in the Edo political scene to avoid conflict as they go about their political campaigns, stressing that the Palace is not against any candidate and that when the people have chosen their leader via the ballot box, then it is only customary that he as king will pray for the chosen one so that the governor may succeed in office.
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The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II has disowned a video currently trending on social media by one Eranomigho Edegbe which hurled invectives and insults on President Muhammadu Buhari just as he reiterated his deep love for the former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
In a statement in Benin City on Tuesday by Mr Frank Irabor, the Secretary of Benin Traditional Council (BTC), the Oba vehemently denied authorising the video by Edegbe, insisting that the said video and the contents therein were neither commissioned nor was it encouraged by the monarch.
Irabor said that the revered royal father condemned in the strongest terms the malicious attacks on the integrity of President Buhari and all other persons whom the video seeks to malign.
The scribe said: “We wish to state unequivocally that our love for Mr President is unparalleled as the relationship shared dates back to the days of His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa (of blessed memory), the immediate past Oba of Benin. This relationship was further strengthened when Mr President headed the President Trust Fund (PTF).”
The Omo N’Oba stated that Oshiomhole has always respected not just the traditional institutions in Edo State, but also the palace of the Oba of Benin, adding that his affection by Oba Erediauwa who adopted the immediate past chairman as a son is well known and was reinforced during his tenure as governor of Edo State.
He said: “We were happy to convene a send forth for him upon the expiration of his two terms, where his Royal Majesty used the ada (traditional sword) of the ancestors to pray for his protection, a thing quite rare in Benin custom. We are glad that the prayers said on him continue to be efficacious in all his endeavours.”
The monarch also tackled Eranomigho over his utterances against a businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbor, noting that he is an illustrious son of the palace of the Oba who at all times has worked in support of the monarch.
The statement added: “These utterances and behaviour of Eranomigho and his cohorts show that they are not happy and comfortable with the cordial relationship between the Palace of the Oba of Benin and the Presidency.
“Furthermore, it shows that some disgruntled elements like Eranomigho have deep animosity against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Captain Hosa Okunbor.”
Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, is to observe a day fast for God’s intervention in the endless war of words between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki and their supporters.
The Otaru of Auchi Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, disclosed this to members of Otaru-in-Council (OIC) in his palace while briefing his chiefs on the recent Edo State Traditional Council meeting presided over by its chairman, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.
Hesaid the fasting would hold on January 2, 2020 and enjoined the entire kingdom to also support the efforts of the royal fathers “as prayers are never too much and nobody knows whose prayers Almighty accepts.”
A statement by the spokesman for the Otaru, Alhaji Usman Abudah, said the traditional ruler enjoined the entire Muslim Ummah in his kingdom to continue to pray for peace in the state.
…as the state’s crisis continues
The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has urged traditional rulers in the state to fast and pray for peace ahead of the Edo governorship election in 2020.
The Oba gave the charge at the quarterly meeting of Edo Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs in Benin on Saturday.
The monarch said the prayers and fasting should go along with offering of sacrifice to God and the ancestors.
Ewuare, who is the chairman of the council, said that the call for prayers became necessary in view of the current political crisis in the state, a situation, which he stressed had “become a serious concern to everyone”.
The Oba said that he was sure that the state would be peaceful in spite of the current face-off among the political gladiators.
He reiterated the need for traditional rulers to continually maintain absolute neutrality as fathers to all.
“And as royal fathers we must act within the ambit of the law,” he said.
Oba Ewuare further urged the traditional rulers and chiefs not to allow labours of the founding fathers of their traditional heritage to be in vain.