Worried by the spate of political violence that had heightened tension in the polity ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, Saturday , revealed plans to hold prayers for a peaceful election. The Oba said the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs would be summoned for this purpose.
Oba Ewuare 11 disclosed this when the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, led the leadership, governors, senators and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) on a courtesy visit to him in his palace in Benin.
The Oba said God and his ancestors had been answering his prayers whenever he prayed and that the forthcoming governorship election would not be an exception.
“I remembered when I visited governor Obaseki in his office, he asked me to pray for him to be able to complete his tenure in office and I did, and today, he has not been impeached despite the ups and downs and I thank my God and my ancestors for answering my prayers.
“When I also visited Rivers and the Cross River States, the governors there asked me to intervene in the Edo State political crisis and I said I will not give up and that we have been praying; and I thank God and our ancestors that we had the primary elections in the state and there was no bloodshed and it was so peaceful.
“And now as we are about going to the governorship election proper, I am going to summon Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs to pray for a peaceful election in the state.
“We all know that there is nothing prayers cannot do. It is prayers that have been keeping the country going”, the royal father said.
Reiterating that the Palace was always non-partisan, Oba Ewuare said the Palace was usually concerned about, and prayed for the person who had the intention of providing good leadership for the people of the state, create employment so that the people will be able to put food on their tables, and respect the traditional institution.
Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, told the Benin monarch that they decided to come and pay obeisance to him and to also seek his blessings and permission to go on with their campaign in the state.
On his part, Nyeson Wike, Governor of Rivers State, and Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, thanked the monarch for being a shining light in the country, noting that his prayers had kept the country going.
He said he decided to come and pay homage to him, adding that after the September 19 governorship election, they would also come to say thank you to him.
Host governor, Godwin Obaseki, told the monarch that he had decided to come to the palace to seek for his blessings before continuing with his campaign in the state.