The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II on Wednesday taunted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for disqualifying the incumbent Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki barely four years after fielding him four years ago.
The incumbent Governor, is currently seeking re-election on the platform of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki, was disqualified in June 2020 by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba-led APC screening Committee shortly before the National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved by the National Executive Council (NEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 25, 2020.
Oba Ewuare II, said this during a peace meeting with the Candidates and leaders of PDP and APC in the State on Wednesday at his palace where he urged politicians to retrieve their guns from their supporters.
The traditional ruler explained that he summoned the meeting following the request by the National Chairman of the Independent National Commission (INEC), to use his position to rally actors in the election to a peace deal ahead of the poll.
“I saw him going to Esama house and I now asked him if was not going to Esama’s political party. He denied. Later, is it not the same party he belongs now? Anyway, I do not really blame him (Obaseki). He was forced to move to PDP.
“I was surprised that what made him qualify four years ago, has now disqualified him”, Oba Ewuare II quarried.
He admonished the politicians to stop making Edo State a defence point for vices, adding that power is transient, hence political office holders should learn to use it wisely.
“You are making everyone else make Edo State a laughing stock”, he said.
The Oba, described the event as historic and urged politicians to stop arming thugs ahead of the election and give peace a chance, even as he reinstated that he is not interested in who wins or looses the election.
“Tell your boys to stop killing themselves…I am not interested in who wins the election. I have sacrificed my franchise. Through, In an entitled to vote Constitutionally.
“It will be contradictory for me to vote for a political party even if it is an open secret ballot”.
He listed the abolition of Community Development Associations (CDA) and drastic reduction in Human trafficking in Edo State under Obaseki’s administration through his support.
“We are all one family. There is nothing that cannot be resolved…Before 2016, the activities of CDA’s that hindered development and made it difficult for people to build their own house in Benin when I was still an Ambassador. You all know today that that is history now.
“When I came, I made a proposal seeking abolition of CDA’s, and His Excellency (Obaseki) supported it. I also made a pronouncement then that those who do not abide by it will have the ancestors to contend with”, he stressed.
The monarch who called out the names of some politicians, recalled how Oshiomhole recommended Obaseki to him as his successor at the twilight of his administration barely four years, but, he neither made any utterance nor opposed him.
He also condemned the attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki and other guests, notably governors and other Very Important Persons (VIPs), at his palace, sequel to the flag-off of Obaseki’s re-election campaign.
Two former National Chairmen of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Hon. Philip Shaibu and the Candidate of APC in the September 19, 2020 Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu with his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu, were among the prominent politicians who attended the meeting which was called at the instance of Oba Ewuare II.
The meeting which lasted for two hours, featured the State deputy governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu and Mallam Gani Audu, running mates to PDP and APC Candidates, National Vice Chairman of PDP, South South, Chief Dan Orbih and the State Chairman of PDP, Mr. Tony Aiziegbemi.
The factional State Chairman of APC, Col. David Imuse (Rted) and the Secretary APC, Mr. Lawrence Okah, National Vice Chairman of Publicity Council, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon and Sen. Mathew Urhoghide, representing Edo South Senatorial district, also attended the meeting which was devoid of the traditional breaking of Kola nuts.