The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has congratulated the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on his re-election at the last Saturday governorship polls.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, Oba Ewuare also urged the people of the state to support the governor, saying the voice of the people is the voice of God.
“On behalf of the Oba of Benin, the Benin Traditional Council wishes to congratulate Governor Obaseki on his re-election for a second term.
“As His Royal Majesty (Oba of Benin) said on numerous occasions, the Benin throne is non-partisan. On Election Day, the people spoke, because the voice of the people is the voice of God.
“The Oba of Benin thanks all the candidates for adhering to the advice for a violent-free election given to them during the peace meeting in the Oba’s palace before the election, which has been widely-acclaimed to have doused the tension that was building up before the poll.”
The Benin monarch thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the election was free, fair and violent-free.
The eminent monarch also hailed former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) for initiating signing of the peace accord, which involved the governorship candidates and chairmen of the 14 participating political parties.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for the peaceful and successful election, while hailing the security agencies for a job well done.