Edo 2020: Igarra Kingdom monarch predicts victory for Obaseki …As Otaru of Auchi tasks Ize-iyamu on fulfillment of electoral promises
Oba Emmanuel Saiki, the traditional ruler of Igarra Kingdom in Akoko-edo Local Government Area of Edo State, has said the chances of Governor Obaseki winning the September 19 election were high.
The Oba made the remark on Monday when the governor led other members of the PDP campaign team on a courtesy visit to the traditional rulers from the various clans at Igarra, the administrative headquarter of Akoko-edo Local Government Area.
Oba Saiki, who expressed concern over electoral violence, urged politicians to eschew violence and ensure a peaceful election.
“We know that you will win. We have said no to electoral violence. We wish to advise our politicians to shun electoral violence because it does not pay,” he said.
He however, lauded the governor for taking proactive steps in curtailing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Earlier, Obaseki had solicited support and prayers to emerge victorious in the election in order to build on numerous achievements.
“Your prayers since the past four years Your Highnesses, brought about radical revolution in my administration. You will not be disappointed. I want to assure you that we will always be there for you,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Otaru of Auchi, Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-iyamu to keep to his promises to the people of the state if he emerges victorious in the September 19 governorship election.
Otaru gave the advice when the governorship candidate, his running mate, Gani Audu and other leaders of the APC paid the traditional ruler homage as part of the Eidel-kabir celebrations and officially deliver copies of his SIMPLE agenda manifesto at the weekend in Auchi.
The Auchi monarch who is also the Vice- Chairman of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers noted that truth and justice are important values that leaders must display to bring peace and development to his people.
While commending the APC candidate and his running mate for the documentation of his promises in the SIMPLE agenda manifesto, however, recounted some of the contributions of Gani Audu, as Local Council Chairman.
He therefore, offered prayers and blessings for the candidate.
Earlier, the APC governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-iyamu described the Otaru as a forward-thinking ruler with great love for his people.
Ize-iyamu said as one of the foremost Islamic traditional rulers in the country, the Otaru of Auchi holds an important position in Edo State, hence his visit to felicitate with him during Sallah and formally inform him of his governorship bid.
The governorship candidate, who officially delivered copies of his SIMPLE agenda manifesto to the monarch, however, lamented the state government’s failure to take maximum advantage of the solid minerals deposited in Auchi, and control rising insecurity that has scared away investments.
He assured the ruler that if elected as governor, he will tackle the challenge of security and the erosion problems in Auchi kingdom.
The Otaru was joined by other traditional rulers which include Ali Suleiman, the Ogeagah of Three Ibies and prominent Islamic leaders such as the Sadiq of Auchi, Saliu Ahmed, and Sani Jimoh, Chairman of the Muslim support group for the APC Campaign.
APC leaders on Ize-iyamu’s entourage include, Lawrence Okah, Patrick Obahiagbon, Lucky James, Olusola Oke (SAN), and former trade union leader, Peter Esele.