Before the invitation of incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP and his major challenger in the September 19 2020 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, there had been series of violence and counter violence during campaigns.
At the Oba of Benin palace yesterday, the two major challengers paid homage to the virtuous and respected Monarch, Oba Ewuare II and embraced each other after the Oba has spoken his words of wisdom and advice to the two parties.
Oba of Benin speech…..
“To me, they (the political actors in Edo) are all one family, and what cannot be resolved when you are all family?
“Family can quarrel but there must be a resolution. Today, that is what I want us to achieve; there must be a resolution,” the monarch stated.
In their various responses, the Governor and his main challenger promised His Royal Majesty that they would make peace their watchword going forward.
Governor Obaseki’s response….
“I want to assure you, Your Majesty, that in my role as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I am doing all I can, all within my possible best to maintain peace and safety in Edo State,” Obaseki told the Oba of Benin.”
“Every campaign we do henceforth, we are going to spend some time to also talk to all of them (party supporters) about the need to keep to the peace, no matter what provocation they might talk about.”
After they had responded to the Oba’s peace proposal, the PDP and APC candidates, Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu came together and embraced each other, in a bid to send out a message to their supporters and make good the assurances given to the traditional ruler.
There as witnesses and present at the Oba Palace in attendance Included; Former Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor, John Oyegun, the PDP’s Obaseki, the APC’s Ize-Iyamu, and the State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, among other political actors.
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II advised Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general elections even before the result was announced.