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Oba of Benin: I Did not Mandate Any Chief to Speak for Me

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From Agene Akhere, Benin

The Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, has cautioned his palace chiefs against dragging his name into the murky waters of politics, just as he affirmed that all those contesting in the forthcoming election are his subjects.

The Oba also said he had not mandated any of his palace chiefs to speak on his behalf in a matter relating to the political activities in the forthcoming election

The palace stated that more worrisome is the strategy being adopted by a political party through the media to politicise the visit of His Royal Highness, the Edaiken N’ Uselu to the Presidential Villa in Abuja some months ago in their favour.

The Benin monarch insisted that what is paramount to the electorate is that politician after winning an election should  provide the basic needs for the people.

In a communique signed by six top ranking palace chiefs including the Iyase of Benin, Chief Sam Igbe, read in part: “As a result of these claims and the resulting controversies and counterclaims, all the Oba Palace chiefs led by the Iyase of Benin, have met and duly resolved that the Omo N’Oba,Uku Akpolokpolo,Ovia of Benin, has never mandated any of his palace chiefs to speak or make any political statement (s) on his behalf, especially as to the choice of a political leader for favour in the forthcoming election.

“Surprisingly, the visit of the visit of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’ uselu, to the presidency, several months ago, which was meant to express/pledge the support /loyalty of the Benin monarch and his people for /to the President’s government, is thus being unscrupulously used by overzealous politicians to whip up sentiments and boost support of the people for their party in Edo South District in particular (and Edo in general).

“In the circumstance, the general public is hereby reminded that the Omo N’Oba has always believed that all citizens participating in political activities or are in one political party or the other, are his subjects; and while loving all,as well as the non-politicians,the Omo N’Oba, at the same time prays to Almighty God and the ancestors to give our great country (and Edo state) politicians who will respect the traditional institutions generally.”

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