… Cautions PDP Against Hidden Godfathers
Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to stretch out his olive branch to all, stressing that all hands must be on deck to make Edo great again.
Oba Ewuare II who made the appeal on Tuesday when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum led by its chairman, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, further said “let bygone be bygone” to Obaseki.
The Benin Monarch also cautioned leaders of the PDP against having hidden godfathers out to control Governor Obaseki as such would counter productive to what they preach.
Among the PDP governor on the visit to Oba’s palace include Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Chief Nyesom Wike of Rivers and the host governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The Benin monarch said, “Let bygone be bygone, all are gone now and I told him that he should stretch out the olive branch for all sides to work with him. All hands should be on deck to work for Edo State and Edo people everywhere they may be.
“I remember I said in one of my comments that I don’t like this idea of godfatherism, that it is becoming to much.”
“I want to on this occasion plead with the PDP that you also, as you have always been talking about the concept of godfatherism, you will uphold it and don’t let unscrupulous members of your party try to now come out and start to use your party by proxy or remote control to control our governor and end up being the hidden godfathers, we don’t want hidden godfather”.
Speaking, spokesperson for the governors and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike thanked Oba Ewuare II for his role that led to the party’s success during the governorship election held on September 29 this year in Edo state.
Wike said, “We made a promise to you and the palace that by the special grace of God if Godwin Obaseki emerges as the winner, we will come back here and thank the Oba and the palace chiefs. On the 19th of September, election was held and then on the 20th of September, Godwin Obaseki was declared winner of that election.
“You made a promise to us that as a traditional ruler, and as far as everybody is concerned you are apolitical, and that you will not canvass for votes for anybody but what you preach is that there should be peace, there should be free and fair election. Your Royal Majesty, we have seen with our eyes, indeed there was a free and fair election; indeed the election was peaceful.
“Then we have no duty other than to come and also play our role to say thank you for gathering the entire people of Edo state to make sure that Edo State was peaceful, and the election was free and fair and that is what we have come here today to do,” he stated.
On his part, Obaseki extolled the virtues of the first class traditional ruler of Benin kingdom.
Obaseki said “He is our Oba and it behoves on all of us to preserve the traditional institution. You have kindly received us today.
“I want to assure you that as the governor of Edo State, I have heard your admonishments, and I want to promise that I will rededicate myself in my next tenure to the full service of Edo State and the people of the state.”