Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has urged political parties in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State to promote peace rather than attacking each other during campaigns.
The Edaiken of N’Uselu gave the advice when the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) visited him at his Uselu palace in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.
He assured the PDP delegation of playing a non-partisan role in matters concerning the coming September 10 governorship polls.
“I have tried to reiterate and re-emphasise (that) position of the crown in Benin is non-partisan.
“My appeal (to you is) to please maintain peace and tranquility when you are campaigning,” Prince Erediauwa said.
The PDP governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said that the party faithful were at the palace to pay homage to the monarch.
“The paramount ruler of this entire kingdom is the Oba of Benin, symbolised by the Crown Prince, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the Edaiken N’Uselu.
“We have come this morning to pay homage to him and to inform him formally of our intention to begin campaign in his domain,” he said.
The INEC Collation Officer in Ebonyi State has declared Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate, Dave Umahi, as the winner of the governorship election in the state.
At the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku presented the summary of the votes received by the contestants.
Umahi polled a total of 289, 867 votes to emerge winner, defeating his closest rival, the Labour Party candidate, Edward Nkwegu, who polled a total of 124, 817 votes.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Juluis Ucha got a total of 27, 583 votes while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Senator Agbo Anthony got 17,971 votes.
Prof. Ahaneku then stated that PDP governorship candidate, after polling the highest number of votes, met all the constitutional requirements for him to be returned elected.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party, APC and APGA have petitioned the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega and called for the cancellation of the Ebonyi governorship election.
The opposition parties cited widespread irregularities, killings, and wanton destruction of property during the April 11, 2015 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Ebonyi State, as reasons for their demand.
The election was keenly contested by nine political parties in the 13 council areas of the state.
Suspected APC thugs allegedly attacked the campaign train of the incumbent Governor and PDP governorship candidate in Kaduna State. Mukhtar Yero on Monday.
The rivalry between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress took a dangerous dimension leaving 33 PDP members injured.
According to the victims, the wrangle occurred as some of the vehicles conveying the PDP supporters to Rigasa community in Kaduna South and Bakin Ruwa in Igabi Local Government Area for a campaign rally were attacked by suspected APC thugs.
The thugs, who were carrying dangerous weapons, also vandalized about 25 vehicles belonging to the PDP campaign organization.
The incident came up scarcely three weeks after candidates and leaders of the two political parties agreed to conduct violence free campaigns.
The latest attack on PDP supporters allegedly by APC thugs had sadly made mockery of the peace accord reached by all the political parties in the presence of the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu.
Last week, four people were reportedly killed by political thugs in Badiko and Rigasa areas over political differences.
Governor Yero who was visibly emotional when he visited the injured persons where they were being treated at the Government House Clinic, stated that the thugs were apparently hired by the opposition party to attack his convoy with the sole aim of throwing the state into confusion.
The Governor, while reiterating his commitment to peaceful electoral process, warned that Government would no longer fold its arms and continue to watch some group of miscreants intimidate and harass majority of the people with impunity.
The Governor and the Kaduna PDP Chairman, Abubakar Haruna, while condemning the attack, called on the APC governorship candidate, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and leaders of the party to call their members to order and respect people’s rights to belong to political parties of their choice.
Some of the victims including a pregnant woman narrated how they were humiliated by some APC thugs just because they were supporting a PDP candidate.
However, the APC and El-Rufai Campaign Organization have denied that their members attacked PDP supporters.
Instead, they said that it was the State Governor who led thugs to destroy billboards of General Muhammadu Buhari and Nasir El-Rufai in Barkin Ruwa and Kabala West Junction in the state capital.
A statement issued by the Spokesman for El-Rufai Campaign Organization, Mr Samuel Aruwan, read; “PDP thugs are the ones that attacked and beat up APC members in the presence of Governor Yero.”
He exonerated his principal, Mallam El-rufai and APC members from the attacks, saying that those who carried out the attack were not their
Although some people have been arrested in connection with the latest attack, the Commissioner of Police has warned all the parties to play the game according to the rules.
He said that the command would not spare anyone or group found to be unleashing terror on innocent citizens all in the name of campaign.
“Democracy, defined as government of the people, by the people and for the people, is also expected to be participatory and obligatory.
“With few days to the polls, political parties are expected not to over heat the polity with their campaigns, but to allow the citizenry to freely make their choices and support a political party or candidates of their choices.
“This will reduce election violence as being witness in some parts of the country,” CP Umar said.
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, has debunked rumours that he has stepped down for the PDP Governorship Candidate in the state.
Captain Ihenacho has described the rumour as untrue and a cheap blackmail by opposition parties to discredit his growing popularity.
He made this known to Channels Television after his campaign team visited Nkwerre and Nwangele Local Government area of the state where he promised that if elected into office he would provide free and qualitative education for youths in the state.
Addressing the gathering in Igbo language, Captain Iheancaho, said the APGA remained the only party with Igbo interest and that the party would deliver free and qualitative education to youths as well as provide job opportunities to all graduates in the state.
He said that the rumour that he had stepped down for the PDP Governorship candidate in the state was untrue and a mere blackmail, insisting that the APGA was still very much in the race.
Having toured 24 out of the 27 Local Government Areas in the state, Captain Iheanacho has three more local governments to visit before the general elections.