THE Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the September governorship elections in Edo State to go about their campaigns peacefully.
The royal father made the call on Saturday when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which visited him at his Palace in Benin.
Yobe Governor, who is also the Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, led the delegation, which was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The Oba said the Palace was not happy with the recent happenings in the state.
He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful governorship election.
The monarch said: “There is nothing as powerful as prayers.
“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness.”
He also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.
Oba Ewuare noted, “we remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.
“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.
“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.”
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe governor said the visit was to present the APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.
Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state on September 19. (NAN)