The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare ll has called for peace among politicians as Edo State prepares for governorship election on September 19.
The monarch spoke on Wednesday when he met leaders of major political parties in his palace.
Oba Ewuare ll cautioned the members state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party and the All progressive congress, who he accused of hitting up the polity.
He warned that election was not a do-or-die affair, adding that politicians must note that they had only Edo State to call their own and thus must protect it from disintegration.
He said, “Edo has been in the news for wrong reasons. I have been worried from the time the conflict started between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor and Governor Godwin Obaseki the incumbent governor.
“I want you to take your minds back to 2015. Before the final election result was announced, President Goodluck Jonathan picked up the phone and called President Buhari. All the predictions,forecasts by the international community that Nigeria will break up and so on were quenched by that singular act.
“You’re all political actors in Edo State. You have been together, now you’re not together; you confuse the public, you’re confusing everybody. Why are you doing this? Is it because of the office. Is it not for four years and at most another four years; why will you want lives to be lost? Why do we hear that you are arming thugs?”.
The monarch got commitment to maintain peace from the leaders including Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, the candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-iyamu, Oshiomhole, and the South-South Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih.
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, also assured residents that security will be top notch for governship election.
The CP, who was also at the Oba of Benin palace, said measures have been put to place to prevent any act of violence, warning that anyone found causing trouble would be brought to book.