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Edo Guber : Oba of Benin Sues For Peaceful Campaigns, Election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 yesterday called on political parties participating in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State to go about their campaigns in a peaceful manner.
The Benin Monarch made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin City on Saturday.
The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Hon Mai, Mala Buni, were in Benin for the official flag off of the party’s campaign for it’s Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu.
The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state, and, called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.
“There is nothing as powerful as prayers. It is even more powerful than the gun.
As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness”.
The Royal Majesty also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.
Said he, “we remain non-partisan because of the lay down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.
We see every candidate as our children and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.
“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman APC National Caretaker Committee,Hon Mai, Mala Buni, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC Governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.
He expressed optimism that APC would reclaim the state come Sept 19.

Exclusive: Findings absolve Captain Hosa, Comrade Oshiomhole and other APC chieftains of blame in fight at Benin Palace gate

Feelers reaching our news desk from the findings of Patrick Osagie Eholor, President of the One Love Foundation and the Observer General, is that the fight between the supporters of the two frontline political parties in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party – revealed that the brouhaha was actually started by the PDP supporters.

According to the findings, the Palace had fixed the traditional christening of the first son given birth to since His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, assumed the throne in October, 2016, for Saturday, July 25th, 2020.

According to the story, the traditional christening is in line with the customs and tradition of the Benin Palace. The date was said to have been fixed long before the PDP fixed its governorship campaign flag-off. And that the party and its officials had actually pleaded to use the occasion to flag off their campaign and pay a courtesy visit to the monarch.

As it is the tradition, we gathered, nobody is restricted from been part of the day’s celebration as the Palace gate is left open and whoever is interested in partaking in the jollification is allowed into the palace ground to join the other numerous people of goodwill.

From history, people who originate from the adjoining community to the palace called Ogbe are known to lay strong claim to the edifice.

It was this, we learnt, that brought about the large presence of the community people led by one of their own Tony Adun(aka Kabaka) to the palace to join in the celebration.

We gathered that what was supposed to be a moment of celebration turned to a day of mourning when some PDP supporters, who felt that APC supporters were meddling unnecessarily in their affairs, allegedly turned violent, molesting those they considered as intruders at a purely PDP show leading to an orgy of destruction.

The APC supporters were said to have fought back in defence and to assert that they too have a right to be part of the palace celebration.

Going further, the sources revealed that top personalities and chieftains of the APC like the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, business mogul, Captain Hosa Okunbo and many other notable individuals that are been accused of sponsoring the ‘fight’ at the palace vicinity were actually victims of circumstances who had found themselves in the vicinity at that point in time as they joined the royal family and people of goodwill in partaking in what was supposed to be a historic day of celebration.

Edo Indigenous movement congratulate the Oba of Benin on birth of new Prince

The pan – Edo Indigenes movement EPIA/EIM, Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) Worldwide has congratulated His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, and the Royal Palace of the Benin Kingdom on the birth of a new prince.

The organisation, in a release, welcomed the new addition to the Benin Royal Family, noting that Edo Indigenous people worldwide rejoice with the Oba and the palace.

The message, signed by the President of EPIA/EIM Dr Bishop Omogiade E Edokpolo stated “It is with a great pleasure that we Edo Indigenous movement Worldwide, at home and in the Diaspora congratulate His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, and the Royal Palace of the Benin Kingdom on the new addition to the Benin Royal family.

“His arrival has added colour and mirth to the splendor of the Royal Palace of the Benin Kingdom.

“We are very delighted with our Oba and the whole Royal Palace, and hereby pray that the majesty and greatness of Benin Kingdom continue to grow in leaps and bounds, as Edo Indigenous movement pledge to support the his royal majesty to promote unity and love amongst all his Indigenes around the world.

“We also by this pray for better days for Edo Indigenous people the world over as we all rejoice with the Royal family.

God bless our Oba,

“Oba Gha To Kpere, Ise!!!”

Oba of Benin Golf tournament to go international – Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said efforts are being made to transform the Annual Oba of Benin Invitational Golf Tournament into an international event.

The governor disclosed this while taking part in the 7th Oba of Benin Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benin Golf Club, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The governor urged for support from members of the Benin Golf Club to transform the golf tournament into an international event to feature international players.

“This is the only golf tournament which blends the traditional with the modern. This is a unique feature of the tournament.”

Obaseki called on Edo people to embrace golf as a game, as it enables players exercise and relax and develop skills requiring focus.

He noted that it was erroneous to consider golf as an elitist game as it has so many aspects, adding that, “The game reveals one’s character, the type of person you are – whether you are patient, strategic, foresighted or greedy. All of these are expressed when you play golf.”

The Captain of Benin Golf Club, Mr. Osagie Nehikhare, praised the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II and Governor Obaseki for participating in the event, which adds colour and beauty to the tournament.

He said it was the second time that the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II will be featured in the Oba of Benin Golf Tournament.

Edo Govt withdraws letter on Oba of Benin

Edo State Government has withdrawn a letter earlier issued on the Oba of Benin, saying it was issued in error.

In a retraction signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated May 25, 2016, the government stated: “In deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the Government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on 24th May 2016 entitled: “Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin”

“The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin are still on.

“The Government will, in due course, issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.”

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