The Benin, Benin National Congress (BNC), a social-cultural group has raised serious concern over the violence that has characterised the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State.
President, Benin National Congress (BNC) Mr. Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo in a statement in friend, lamented the situation which he said has assumed a worrisome dimension with the attack on personalities rather than issued based campaign.
He frowned at the calculated attempts by political actors in the State who have resorted in dragging notable personalities of Benin extraction including Edo billionaire, Capt. Hosa Okunbo into the political scene, noting that the latter has the inalienable right to associate or support any gubernatorial Candidate in the Edo Governorship election.
“We therefore urge all those seeking to undermine Capt. Hosa Okunbo business outfits, because of his inalienable right to associate or support a Gubernatorial Candidate, should heed divine counsel and desist forthwith, to avoid retributive justice of Benin ancestors.
“What we find extremely appalling about the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State, is the crass profiling and the vitriolic manner by which opponents of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu (APC gubernatorial candidate) are throwing tantrum and concocting all sorts of mudslides against one of Benin exemplary Patriots – Capt. Dr. Hosa Okunbo.
“For inexplicable reasons, at the bottom of the torrents of character assassination including the recent ploy to mobilize ex-militant agitators to protest against the business outfit(s) of the exceptional Philanthropist around the East West road, is the trumped up charge in the court-of-public-opinion, that the fellow is one of those funding the APC gubernatorial project. “
“This pedestrianised version of politics is awfully shameful to say the least. When has it become sacrilegious to financially support legitimate political aspirations of friend(s) and political party’s project?
“We want to sound it as audible as possible, that – apart from incurring the wrath of Edo ancestors on themselves, we will spare no efforts at ensuring that the mass of Edo people declare the sponsors of these desperate and despicable measures as personae non grata in all parts of Edo land”, Edokpolo said.