Group known as Rally For Peaceful Election, has commended the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for kick-starting the peace process that eventually quelled the rising political tensions in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
Coordinator of the group, Dr. Bright Oniovokukor, in his post election briefing in Benin, gave the commendation.
“We sincerely thanked the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Ewuare II for playing a fatherly role in kick-starting the peace process and not left out is the National Peace Accord Committee”, he said.
He also congratulated the winner in the election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, his running mate, Philip Shaibu for their re-election, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s family just as he appreciated the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu and their supporters for embracing peace during the election.
Oniovokukor said the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election was a standalone election that attracted a lot of interest within and outside Nigeria thereby giving it a very wide publicity as all eyes were on the state from Saturday September 19, 2020 to Sunday when the winner was eventually declared.
Dr. Oniovokukor said there were different slogans on the streets, use of unprintable words, with fake news and propaganda all over the places especially the social media where majority were overtly maligning and based on that, a coalition of civil society organisations including Conference of Non Governmental Organisations (CONGOS) and others, joined their voices to that of other Edo people including the Benin Monarch to say that #Edolivesmatter as peace is the way to go, hence they convened the 2nd edition of the Rally For Peaceful Election on September 10, 2020.
While commending the peace that has permeated the state since the conclusion of the election, he said they would not still hesitate to call on parents and other stakeholders to keep close watch as well as act immediately to curb any act that would threaten the already existing peace in the state.