Oba of Benin, the Ewuare N’Ogidgan II, has said that the palace does not meddle into partisan politics and as result he has no anointed candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The monarch disclosed this on Saturday when he received the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other governors elected under the platform of APC at his palace in Benin City, Edo State during the party flag-off of its governorship campaign.
While praying for the APC’s candidate, Oba Ewuare, said “the Palace of the Oba of Benin does not choose any side when it comes to politics, but can only go with the will of the Edo people”
“I want to stress that no matter what anybody might think, we will remain non-partisan because we are expected as we are perceived by our people, because of the expectations of our people, and because of the laid down rules and guidelines of our ancestors, we must be a father to everybody”
“We are not expected to lean either way to this or to that, to anybody, because we see every candidate as our children, so we pray for everybody. We can not lean towards a particular candidate, however, only God and our ancestors, know the mind of man,” Oba Ewuare said.
He, however, noted that the Palace has not been happy with the recent events in the state and he advised that everyone should pray for a peaceful election in Edo State.
“There is nothing as powerful as prayers. As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,”
The Oba advised all players in the Edo political scene to avoid conflict as they go about their political campaigns, stressing that the Palace is not against any candidate and that when the people have chosen their leader via the ballot box, then it is only customary that he as king will pray for the chosen one so that the governor may succeed in office.