As Edo residents prepare for the September 19 governorship election, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewaure II, has warned politicians against setting the state on fire.
“The warning is especially for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the monarch said at a peace meeting he initiated for critical stakeholders.
The meeting, held in Benin on Wednesday, was attended by the governorship candidates of the two political parties – APC and PDP – and two former governors of the state, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
Oba Ewaure said he was worried about the violence across the state over the poll, and urged politicians to learn to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.
While noting that election was not a do or die affair, he advised politicians to note that they had only Edo to call their own state and must, thus, do everything to protect it from disintegration.
He regretted that Edo had not only been in the news for the wrong reasons, but that the governorship election had pitted the people against themselves.