Following worries of the violent dimension that campaigns are taking ahead of the Edo State gubernatorial election scheduled for September 19, 2020, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has said that he would invite all the governorship candidates participating in the election to his palace to sign a peace pact.
The paramount ruler noted that the meeting is especially between the two major political parties- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oba Ewuare II disclosed this while receiving Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), and his entourage in the palace, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The peace pact, itwas gathered would enable them to talk to their followers to eschew violence before, during and after the September 19 governorship election, the monarch said.
Speaking further, Oba Ewuare II to emulate the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, who accepted the outcome of the presidential election which eventually saw Muhammadu Buhari as the nation’s president, for the interest of peace and the unity of the country.
He also maintained that the palace has always remained neutral in the state’s politics but has regards and concerns for the candidate who has respect for the traditional institution, create jobs for the people so that can put foods on their families’ tables and respect the masses.
The monarch further said to douse the political tensions in the nation’s politics, a single term system should be encouraged noting that such will not only cut costs but also reduce the undue tensions that are associated with it.
The PDP and APC have been at a loggerhead since the gubernatorial race began. This also led to the crisis that recently rocked the State House of Assembly as lawmakers pitch their tents with candidates on both sides of the divide.
Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki joined the PDP after he was denied a chance to contest on the platform of the APC.