Edo Election: Obaseki Lists Achievement, Confident Of Violent-Free Poll

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely 48 hours from now, Governor Godwin Obaseki has listed the achievements of his administration since assuming office in November 2016.

Speaking during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House in Benin on Thursday, Obaseki said the state government has made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of Edo.

“Since November 2016, we have made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of our dear state. We have revamped our primary healthcare system through deep-rooted reforms.

“We have reformed our basic education to be more responsive to the needs of the 21st century by training teachers and introducing technology to our schools.

“We have rebuilt critical physical and digital infrastructure across the state; strengthened our security architecture; enacted civil service and pension reforms for productivity and sustainability and have created thousands of opportunities for our young people to be employed and empowered,” he said.

The governor also said he is confident that the election will be free from violence owing to the security arrangements put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

READ BELOW HIS FULL STATEMENT AT THE STATE-WIDE BROADCAST:

My dear good people of Edo State, as you are already aware, the Edo State Governorship election will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020. I am sure that you are also aware that I am seeking re-election as governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

My campaigns have taken me through every local government in Edo State. The ward-to-ward campaign offered me the opportunity to meet with thousands of people including farmers, teachers, traders, pensioners, civil servants and every other actor in the different spheres of life in Edo State.

Undoubtedly, the 2020 governorship election will be a watershed in the democratization process in our dear state and Nigeria at large. I assure you that at the end of this exercise, we would all be proud to be part of this history-making event.

My campaign across the 192 wards in the state offered me the opportunity to show the achievements recorded by my administration, including the over 2000 projects that dot the nooks and crannies of the state.

My party and I have ensured that my people-centred approach to politics, which is driven by our commitment to work for our people at the bottom of society is fostering development and participation in our politics.

From the hills of Kukuruku to the rice farms of Ilushi, through the maize fields at Sobe, to the lush forest in Urohi-Ojogba, and the forests and waters of the Ovia River, we have met with leaders of our traditional institutions, conversed with traders, journeyed with transporters, and met with pensioners and public servants who appreciate the work we have done in the last four years.

Since November 2016, we have made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of our dear state. We have revamped our primary healthcare system through deep-rooted reforms. We have reformed our basic education to be more responsive to the needs of the 21st century by training teachers and introducing technology to our schools. We have rebuilt critical physical and digital infrastructure across the state; strengthened our security architecture; enacted civil service and pension reforms for productivity and sustainability and have created thousands of opportunities for our young people to be employed and empowered.

Some of our reforms have included energy projects such as the 55MW Ossiomo Independent Power Plant (IPP), which is completed and ready for commissioning, and the 6000bpd Edo Modular Refinery. We also have the Emotan Gardens, in which the first phase is completed.

With the critical physical and social infrastructure which we have started building, we have laid the foundation for the next four years and the future.

As we enter a post-COVID world, in the next four years, we will be focusing on our programmes to make Edo great again. Under our Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) manifesto, we will emphasis deeper governance reforms, including rebuilding the public service and emplacing a citizen-centric leadership through which we will continue to transform our social services and infrastructure. We will reposition the government as an enabler to consolidate and enhance our signature projects, such as Edo Jobs, Creative and Innovative Hubs, and industrialization projects.

The future will be driven by technology and data and Edo State will be repositioned to participate in the fourth industrial revolution.

Part of our plan to develop a large, local, sustainable economy will include accelerating our current initiatives in human capacity development, agribusiness, energy, and mining. Our legacy will be to leave for future administrations, a 30-year regional, urban, social and economic master-plan based on which Edo will regain its greatness.

We are very optimistic that Edo will be able to take advantage of the post-coronavirus world economy to achieve more in the second term than we did in our first term.

I implore you all to come out and re-elect me and my deputy, Philip Shaibu, by voting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the 19th of September, 2020.

We are trusting God Almighty that election day will be violent-free because of the preparations which have been made by security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Thank you

God bless Edo State.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

PHOTOS: INEC Distributes Electoral Materials For Edo Poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on September 17, 2020 distributes sensitive materials for the Edo State governorship election slated for Saturday.

 

Less than 48 hours to the Edo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the distribution of sensitive electoral materials for the exercise.

Channels Television learned that the sensitive materials are kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria in Benin City, awaiting onward distribution.

There is also a heavy security presence comprising officials of the Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Police Force among others.

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Nigeria’s Democracy On ‘Keg Of Gunpowder’, Uche Secondus Tells International Community

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during a rally in Edo State on September 15, 2020 condemned rigging in Nigeria.

 

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, says Nigeria’s democracy is sitting on a keg of gunpowder over what he describes as the rigging of elections in the country.

Secondus said this on Tuesday during a PDP mega rally which held in Benin City, just four days to the Edo State governorship election where Governor Godwin Obaseki is seeking re-election under the party’s platform.

The PDP Chairman who was visibly angry explained that the United States government in its efforts to discourage people from participating in rigging had imposed restrictions on some politicians.

He also called on the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, to follow the US example to avoid the possibility of rigging the polls in the country.

“Nigeria’s democracy is on the keg of gunpowder because of rigging. Rigging must stop here in Edo. If not, it will be difficult to carry on with elections in Nigeria. Rigging must stop,” he stressed.

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Speaking further, Secondus led other top party officials, PDP governors and supporters to declare prayer points against those who he said were plotting to rig the election in the state.

“All those who are planning to rig this election, Holy Ghost Fire,” he said, with the crowd responding “pursue them.”

He said Governor Obaseki had performed creditably well since assuming office in 2016, adding that he has done all the works needed to be carried out.

Reacting to a call made by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu to vote Obaseki out of office, Secondus said: “Edo no be Lagos.”

Although the PDP chairman did not mention Tinubu’s name directly he, however, called on the people to “punish that leader by voting for Obaseki that day. Punish APC and punish Oshiomhole on that day.”

Edo Election: Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki Sign Peace Pact, Embrace Each Other

PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki embraces the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu after signing the peace pact in Benin on September 15, 2020.

 

With the Edo State governorship election less than a week from now, the fear of violence and tension can now be doused following the signing of a peace pact by political parties and their candidates.

The signing organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) took place on Tuesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

During the programme, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki embraced his main rival and contender in the poll, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The duo beaming with smiles warmly hugged each other, an indication that they have decided to toe the line of peace and avoid unnecessary bloodshed in the election.

Spirit Of The Pact

On his part, Obaseki promised that he, as a PDP candidate, will live by the letters and spirit of the peace pact.

He, however, asked the NPC to reach out to some political actors whom he said wield much influence and are interested in the election.

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The governor explained that the move is necessary in order not to let the exercise to end in futility, adding that, “I want to commit publicly once again that I will live by the letter and spirit of the accord that has just been signed.

“Before leaving the stage, I want to appeal to the National Peace Committee not to end their work with the signing of this accord.

“There are other actors in the political space who will have and exercise influence in the political space and also elections to reach out to them to persuade them about the importance of this accord we have just signed,” he said.

 

Talk To Our Supporters

In furtherance of the peaceful conduct of the election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu promised that the APC will conduct itself peacefully.

The APC candidate pledged that the party will talk to its supporters to eschew violence before, during and after the polls.

He also commended the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare for his efforts in ensuring that the exercise holds in a manner free from bloodshed.

“Let me reaffirm to our commitment to what has been signed and to reassure Nigerians that and particularly our people in Edo State that we will talk to all our supporters.

“We will conduct ourselves peacefully. We will do all our best to ensure that the election is peaceful,” he said.

Candidates Sign Peace Accord Ahead Of Edo Election

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely four days away, candidates of political parties today signed a Peace Accord.

The deal which was organised by the National Peace Committee was held in Benin City, the state capital.

In attendance is the Chairman, National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, member of the committee and Catholic Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah among others.

Also, members of the political, traditional, and religious circles were there to witness the signing, to pave way for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

Speaking to Channels Television, a member of YIAGA Africa’s board, Ezenwa Nwagu, said the accord is necessary following the previous narrative that suggests the drums of war in the election.

According to him, YIAGA in collaboration with the National Peace Committee organised the event to douse tension in some quarters and avoid bloodshed on Saturday.

“The Peace Committee led by General Abubakar, Mathew Kukah, and the rest of them have moral weight and authority.

“So YIAGA Africa, working with the peace committee, decided to source that moral weight to bring it to bear on political actors in Edo State to ensure they understand that this election is about the Edo people and their livelihood,” he said.

He is however optimistic that the poll would be commended smoothly with a governor emerging to govern the state for the next four years.

Ize-Iyamu’s Thinking About Governance Has To Change, Says Obaseki

PDP’s Godwin Obaseki in a debate with APC’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu in Benin City on September 13, 2020.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has asked his main rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to change his thinking about governance.

Obaseki stated this on Sunday during a debate which held in Benin City, six days to the commencement of the governorship poll where he is seeking re-election.

“The challenge my opponent and brother has is his thinking about government. That thinking is changing globally and it has to change locally,” he said.

Ize-Iyamu had criticised Obaseki over his administration’s efforts to privatise the health care sector, adding that the governor allegedly failed to replace teachers who have retired or died.

But defending his approach to governance, Obaseki said the pattern of government has changed globally.

The governor also reeled out his achievements in the last four years in the area of education, stressing that the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation earns N100 billion annually.

“Edo BEST earns N100 billion per annum with five million people. It means that budget-wise, you can only spend a maximum of 20,000 per citizen. What is 20,000 per citizen?

“So the thinking has to change such that the N100 billion you earn, you should be able to attract multiples of that into your economy so that there are more wealth and availability for your citizens.”

Obaseki’s comment was in reaction to Ize-Iyamu’s criticism of some policies of his administration in the education and health sectors of the state.

Ize-Iyamu faulted the Edo BEST programme of the state government, alleging that Obaseki has failed to replace teachers who had retired or died in service.

In addition, he knocked the PDP candidate over claims of contracting the health-care delivery system, arguing that it cannot be done.

“There are some areas that are vital sectors. For example, the governor is trying to contract out health management. That is ridiculous.

“Governor must look after the health sector, you cannot contract it out. Over 38 per cent of teachers have either retired or died. The governor has made no attempt to replace them.

“How can you have schools without teachers? So when they talk about Edo BEST, it is a joke. What is best when schools don’t have teachers,” he said.

Where Are The Jobs? Ize-Iyamu Challenges Obaseki On Job Creation Claim

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has faulted Governor Godwin Obaseki on his claim on job creation during Sunday’s governorship debate.

Ize-Iyamu, reacting to a claim by Obaseki that his administration had created 157,000 jobs so far, accused the governor of getting his facts wrong.

“I am sure he is not going to misplace the appointments he is making now as jobs,” Ize-Iyamu said during the debate in Benin City.

“I know in the past one month, he has appointed over 2,000 people as SSA s on social media and the rest of them.

“Those are not jobs. When you say you have created jobs, in what area? We know for example that there is a glaring vacancy in the teaching profession and every school we went to, they practically had no teacher,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, while defending his performance in the area of human capital development had said, “At the onset, I promised to create a minimum of 200,000 jobs within a four-year period.

“Just before COVID-19, we had created both direct and indirect jobs for Edo people as much as 157,000 jobs.

APC Candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu speaks during the governorship debate in Benin City on September 13, 2020.

Ize-Iyamu, who did not provide alternative figures to counter the governor’s jobs creation claim, said if the numbers were true, it would have significantly boosted the state’s economy.

“If it is true that we are able to have the number of jobs that the Edo State governor claims, our IGR will not be where it is. There will be a significant leap,” he said.

PDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Scuttle Edo Election

PDP Decries Change Of Police Commissioners In Bayelsa
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely six days away, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plots to scuttle the exercise.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Sunday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the frivolous lawsuit to dash the exercise.

To Ologbondiyan, the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

The governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raises alarm over plots by certain interests recruited by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use a frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 Edo state governorship election, following APC’s realization that there is no way it can win in the election.

The PDP revealed that the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

Nigerians are already aware that section 87(10) (11) of the Electoral Act, clearly prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This section of the Electoral Act has put paid to situations in the past, where groups or individuals who have no real stake in elections were used as canon fodders by selfish individuals and groups to manipulate the courts and frustrate electoral process against the interest of the people.

It is therefore clear that the aim of the APC is to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary, trigger constitutional crisis in Edo state, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.

The APC’s calculation is a re-enactment of the similar judicial quagmire that led to the scuttling of the 1993 general election, a development that led to a serious national crisis that almost destroyed the corporate existence of our country.

The PDP stands with the people of Edo state in condemning this plot by the APC to derail the democratic order, scuttle the governorship election, create an emergency situation, forcefully seize power and foist an undemocratic and oppressive regime in Edo state.

Our party, therefore, cautions such unpatriotic persons to note that the people of Edo state are ready to go to the poll on September 19 and will vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the schedule of election or attempt a forceful takeover of their state.

Similarly, our Party has been informed of the drafting of Soldiers to the residence of the sacked former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in GRA Benin and Iyamho.

Our Party holds that it is indecorous, shameful and sinful on the part of the APC and the Buhari Presidency to leave the flanks of our people in Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kogi open to bandits while Soldiers are guarding the residence of suspended Oshiomhole  just to enable him perpetrate electoral heist.

Not even on the face of our current insecurity should such an impudent and inconsiderate actions be considered.

We therefore call on President Mohammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief to immediately withdraw the troops from Oshiomhole”s residence and deploy them to their constitutional duty post in the interest of our nation.

On our part, the PDP and our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are prepared for the election and we counsel the APC to stop wasting its time in the court and take steps to withdraw from the contest if it is not ready to face the crushing defeat that awaits it and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu on September 19.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

Edo Election: If Elected, Nobody Will Have To Leave Edo State For Treatment – AMP Candidate

 

The candidate of the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) in the Edo State governorship elections, Igbineweka Osamuede, has promised to revamp the healthcare system in the state if he is elected governor.

At a governorship debate hosted by Channels Television in Edo State on Friday, Osamuede said under his administration, he would ensure that residents don’t have to leave the state for their healthcare needs.

“With my government, the problems in healthcare will be a thing of the past. I don’t think anybody will leave Edo State to go outside the country for any treatment,” he said.

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Speaking further, Osamuede said he will look into the establishment of technical schools, grant loans for small scale businesses and explore the cultural heritage of the Edo people.

However, to deliver those projects, the AMP candidate said the state needs to generate more money.

According to him, the previous governments have borrowed so much money, now leaving the state in debt.

“Edo State is owing a lot of money right now because the government has been borrowing. The past administration and this present one have borrowed a lot and what they have been using it for is just infrastructure and in my own time, if I come in, with a very good understanding of the House of Assembly members, we can raise funds outside the country. We are only going into the trading platforms and we will generate funds from there,” he said.

“Also, allocation is coming from the Federal Government, when it comes, we can be able to invest in all the projects we are talking about.

“One of them will be technical schools for each of the three geopolitical zones. We can build it and educate these youths.

“Secondly, cultural heritage; Edo state has a whole lot of cultural heritage. We have a whole lot of stories to tell and we can go into this industry.

“We will invest in small scale businesses by granting loans”.

The Edo Governorship election will take place on September 19th, 2020.

Guber Poll: I Will Make Edo The Dubai Of Nigeria – ZLP’s Akhalame

 

The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Bishop Akhalame, has bemoaned the bane of what he describes as bad leadership in the state.

Akhalame said if elected as the governor of the state come September 19, he will turn around the economic fortunes of the state thus making it the Dubai of Nigeria.

He disclosed this on Friday during a governorship debate in Benin City, the state capital.

“As I am offering myself to the good people of this state, the problem of bad leadership in the state is solved already because I have all it takes to drive the economy of this state and make it the Dubai of Nigeria,” he said.

The 40-year-old Akhalama, an accountant by training, said the people of the state need a governor who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and accountable.

He claims to possess all it takes to take the state to greater heights, adding that his administration will address the unemployment of youths.

When asked how his party intends tackling the unemployment scourge that makes the state lead in the south-south region, Akhalame said the ZLP has the solution to the menace.

The Zenith Labour Candidate (ZLP) candidate in the Edo State governorship election, Bishop Akhalame speaks during the governorship debate in Benin City on September 11, 2020.

 

“That is why the Zenith Labour Party and Bishop Akhalame is the solution. You cannot be a good governor if you don’t have the database of your people.”

“The first thing I will do to curb the issue of unemployment is to create a database for my people. I want to know my people because I am not going to be a governor for myself,” he said.

Speaking further, the governorship hopeful said his administration will revive the dead industries in the state in order to keep the people gainfully employed.

In addition, he promised to establish Edo bakery in the three senatorial districts of the state, adding that bread is the food of the common man.

According to him, agriculture can fix unemployment in the state and also feed the people, pledging to engage the youth in agricultural activities by providing them with fertile land.

Election Countdown Starts In Myanmar Under COVID-19 Shadow

Yan Shin (C), a candidate of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, wears a protective face shield during the launch of campaigning for the upcoming general election in Yangon on September 8, 2020. YE AUNG THU / AFP.

 

Myanmar’s election campaign began Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains widely admired and respected at home despite her tarnished image abroad, hoping for a landslide win to further cement her status as the country’s civilian leader.

The Nobel laureate’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power in 2015 — the first national polls since the Southeast Asian nation emerged from decades of junta rule.

Despite the coronavirus threat, campaigns are, for now, under way — albeit with accessories.

Wearing a red face mask, plastic visor and rubber gloves, Suu Kyi Tuesday morning raised the NLD flag — with its fighting peacock symbol — at the party’s office in the capital, Naypyidaw.

“We want our victory to be the country’s victory,” she said, thanking supporters for flying the NLD colours across the nation.

A tide of red NLD paraphernalia has swept across Yangon with printing shops in recent weeks in overdrive to produce stickers, T-shirts and masks.

“I don’t think about policies or candidates. I love Mother Suu and I like what she does for our country,” 61-year-old street vendor Myint Myint Htay told AFP.

But the military is still hugely powerful in a country governed under a constitution written by the former junta.

The armed forces control three key ministries and 25 percent of parliamentary seats — effectively giving them a veto on legislation.

In August, Suu Kyi reminded the country on Facebook why her party needed every vote: “We can’t just get more than 50 percent of elected seats like in a normal democracy.”

– Credibility in question? –

Suu Kyi — once hailed as a democracy icon — has seen her international standing plummet in recent years over allegations that Myanmar committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim community.

Her decision to travel to the UN’s top court to defend military operations against the minority was widely condemned in the West but stoked nationalistic pride at home.

NLD fervour still rages across much of the majority-Bamar heartlands, but a flagging peace process in a nation wrought with conflict — as well as a perception the NLD acts only for the dominant Bamar group — means a likely boon for ethnic minority parties.

The ruling party’s principal foe, the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), sees this as an opening.

“I’m trying to build understanding with ethnic parties,” USDP leader Than Htay told AFP.

Also out in force in Yangon Tuesday were the blue-clad People’s Pioneer Party (PPP), led by businesswoman Thet Thet Khine, ousted from the NLD last year and proclaiming a “middle way” between Suu Kyi’s party and the military.

But the coronavirus pandemic could still upend the vote with case numbers quadrupling in the last three weeks — even if they remain relatively low at just 1,610 with eight deaths so far.

Campaign events are limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Many are even calling for the election to be postponed, but Suu Kyi would be loath to delay, said Yangon-based analyst Richard Horsey.

She has led the nation’s fight against the pandemic and delaying would be a “sign she’s not winning the battle”.

If her hand is forced, a postponement of more than two months would theoretically cause a constitutional crisis and even the invocation of a state of emergency.

But Horsey predicted the government and military would reach a consensus to head off any political fallout.

Many observers expect the vote to be cancelled in the worst conflict areas, including northern Rakhine state — likely fuelling further discontent.

Rakhine was also where the military drove out hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 — operations that now see Myanmar facing genocide charges.

The disenfranchisement of refugees and most of the 600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar — stripped of citizenship and rights — raises “fundamental doubts” about the election’s credibility, warned Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch.

AFP

Edo Election: Emulate Ex-President Jonathan, Oba Of Benin Tells PDP, APC Leaders

Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II

 

Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has asked leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 polls.

The monarch gave the charge on Wednesday during a meeting he had with the leading candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.

PDP candidate and incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki; APC flagbearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ex-APC National Chairman and former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun among others, were in attendance.

Speaking during the meeting, the revered traditional ruler expressed his displeasure over the attitude of some politicians.

According to the monarch, he is unhappy that the state has been in the news for the wrong reasons.

Oba Ewuare admonished the political actors to avoid heating up the polity, adding that they must put the interest of the state first.

The custodian of the Benin culture is shocked that the relationship between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, which was very close and thought to bring peace and tranquillity and progress to the state, has turned sour bringing bad image to the state.

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While appealing to the political actors to sheathe their swords, the king asked them to avoid violence.

He thereafter demanded an assurance from the politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the elections.

The Oba explained that the move is necessary to ensure that Edo State will not become a laughingstock.

Stressing further, the monarch asked the politicians to stop bitter comments capable of heightening tensions, reiterating that the Benin throne remains non-partisan as it has always been from time.

After the meeting, the political leaders took turns to assure the traditional ruler that peace will reign in the state.