Reports have it that Oba of Benin endorsed Goodluck Jonathan for 2nd term in office.
The latest reports reaching us now is that Oba of Benin didn’t endorse any candidate. and that politicians are the ones who are spreading false rumors.
The Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Ehenede Erediauwa and traditional chiefs from the palace of the Oba of Benin, led by the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, yesterday, March 6, declared that the Oba of Benin has not endorsed any candidates for elections.
In a statement relased by the Crown Prince of Benin,
“The reference some politicians want to keep making in the electronic and print media to a remark in the message the Crown Prince conveyed from his father to the press at the villa which states that ‘President Jonathan will be given the opportunity to continue his good works’ is being totally and mischievously misconstrued.
“The Omo N’Oba’s prayer came to pass by way of Mr President being nominated as presidential candidate of his party. The Oba of Benin is a non-partisan traditional ruler who treats all politicians equally and always praying for all those who are into partisan politics and other ventures.
“That well thought out and applauded message of Omo N’Oba, through the Crown Prince to Mr President is being politically manipulated by some self-serving politicians in order to gain upper hand in soliciting for votes. The public should take note that the Crown Prince being a seasoned diplomat, did not make the mistake of mentioning any political party in the message.
“Rather, the message was personal to Mr President. The Crown Prince has totally frowned on the use of his visit as directed by his father to Mr President for political campaign votes and all those involved should please desist from it. Non-partisan in politics has been the posture of Benin monarchy from the time when political activities started in Nigeria”
Oba also warned media houses and politicians who are spreading false rumors to desist from the act.