The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has kicked against imposition (consensus candidate) and godfatherism in Edo State.
The Benin monarch made this known in a statement signed by Frank Irabor, Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council.
The statement debunked reports on social media that the royal father prevailed on some governorship aspirants to step down for one of the aspirants in the upcoming shadow poll of a certain political party.
It reads: “HRM has said times without number that the palace of the Oba of Benin does not get involved in partisan politics…
“The Omo N’¹Oba strongly advises that in order to eschew recurrent socio-political conflict that seems to constantly ravish the state, making Edo people a laughing stock to the rest of the country on how politicians manage the affairs of Edo people, our Edo political actors must eradicate the twin evil of political vices of godfatherism and consensus candidacy. The two practices seem antithetical to the very fundamental basis of democracy.
“Let everybody take note that the palace is very weary of imposition of candidates, when only certain individuals want, but majority of the people do not want. ‘Ghana must go’ politics should end in the state. Politicians should stop cashing in on the poor masses and exploiting them for their votes.
“We believe all qualified aspirants in any elective office should be given a level-playing field, for democracy to develop to the next level in Nigeria. Political actors should mature up and learn not to wash their dirty linen in public.”
Naija News recalls that the rescheduled primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold on June 23, a day after that of the All Progressives Congress (APC).