Edo Election: Benin Monarch thanks President Buhari, congratulates Obaseki

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By Imelda Osayande

Benin  – The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has thanked for ensuring Edo election was free, fair, and violence-free.

Ewuare also congratulated Gov. Godwin for his for a second term in office.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Frank Irabor, the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on in Benin.

NAN recalls the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared Gov. as the winner of the Sept. 19, state election.

of PDP polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie , of the All Progressives Congress, who got 223,619 votes.

A total of 14 candidates contested the governorship position.

According to Ewuare, on numerous occasions, the Benin throne is non-partisan so on election day let the speak because the voice of the is the voice of God.

The Benin Monarch the of the state to support the governor on his developmental strides in order to take Edo to the next level.

The Oba also thanked all the candidates of the for adhering to the advice for a violence-free election given to them during the peace in the Oba’s palace on Sept. 2.

He noted that the peace had been widely acclaimed to have doused the tension that was building before the election.

He also appreciated the National Peace Commission headed by retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar for ensuring the signing of the peace accord among the then gubernatorial candidates.

He commended INEC, led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for a successful and peaceful election in the state.

“The palace of the Oba of Benin is most grateful to all the security agencies for job well done.

“The Omo N’Oba is grateful to the Almighty God for keeping them out of harm’s way.

“Above all, the Oba of Benin is most grateful to the Almighty God and the royal ancestors for granting our prayers for a peaceful election in the state,” the statement added.