Edo Political Tussle: Benin King Steps In, Says Edo Say No To Godfatherism Politics
Edo first class monarch, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has expressed his discontent with godfatherism and presentation of a consensus candidate by a faction of party chieftains to govern the people of Edo State.
The traditional said in a statement describing scribing the present state of political power play in Edo State as “Ghana Must Go politics”. He added that politicians should stop cashing in on the poor masses and exploiting them for their votes.
Speaking further on the heated contest for power between the two, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo said the two “political vices” are antithetical to the fundamental basis of democracy.
The 40th Oba of the Benin Empire also denied rumour that he influenced some aspirants to step down for a particular candidate.
The Omo N’Oba strongly advises that in order to eschew recurrent socio-political conflict that seems to constantly ravish the state, making Edo people a laughing stock to the rest of the country in how politicians manage the affairs of Edo people, Edo political actors must eradicate the twin evil political vices of Godfatherism and consensus candidate.
He buttressed that the two practices seem antithetical to the very fundamental basis of democracy.
He also urged the various political parties go about the process of selecting their candidates through their respective party primaries, and admonished that exercise should assume the highest standards of maturity and sportsmanship, so that the desire to bring about the best for the people of Edo State would not be compromised nor sacrificed on the altar of intolerance, rumour mongering and fake news.