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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin holds peace meeting with Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu
With the Edo State Governorship Election barely two weeks away , the Oba of Benin , Ewuare II , on Wednesday , held a meeting with the All Progressives Congress candidate , Osagie Ize -Iyamu ; and the Peoples Democratic Party candidate , Governor Godwin Obaseki, in the September 19 poll .
The monarch met with the two leading candidates at his palace in Benin City , the state capital, according to a tweet by @ OfficialPDPNig .
The tweet read, “ The Oba of Benin , HRH , Oba Ewuare II, is currently in a crucial meeting with the two leading candidates in the September 19 , 2020 , guber election in Edo State , @GovernorObaseki and @IzeIyamu 4 EdoGov at his palace .”
This, he had explained, was in an attempt to stem the violence being recorded prior to the governorship election in the state .
The election is about two weeks away but the political temperature in the state is heating up , with the players engaging in verbal attacks .
The state House of Assembly has also been embroiled in crisis of late with different political camps trying to outdo one another .
Obaseki, who is seeking reelection , will face amongst other opponents , Ize -Iyamu, who has the backing of the President , Major – General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) as well as the support of APC stalwart , Bola Tinubu ; and former APC National Chairman , Adams Oshiomhole .
Obaseki and his predecessor , Oshiomhole , have since been at loggerheads .
A statement by Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Crusoe Osagie , after the meeting , quoted the Oba of Benin as saying , “ For some time now , Edo State has been in the news politically for the wrong reason as political gladiators have been fighting dirty with their war of words .
“ Please don ’ t turn the state into the city of blood. I appeal to the two gladiators and all politicians to ensure peace and stop the shooting and violence in the state.
“ I want assurances from you people , to me and the people of the state , of a peaceful atmosphere in Edo State .
“ Your home and families are here, so give peace a chance . We are all afraid that the state will burn to ashes. Please we need peaceful election in the state . I want to see that you are not paying lip service to the traditional throne; the Benin throne is not partisan .
“ Please communicate this meeting to your foot soldiers that they should stop the shooting and ensure the state is peaceful for all . I want both of you to work together for a peaceful election . ”