THE Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, has banned the use of his image by politicians in their campaign posters and stickers in Edo State. A palace statement yesterday said: “It has come to the notice of the Benin Traditional Council and the palace that the name, pictures, imprimatur and effigy of Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa are being freely used as signs of campaigns by political parties.
“It is unacceptable for the political inclinations of any group of persons to be ascribed to the Oba of Benin. In particular, the Benin Traditional Council wishes to reiterate that the Oba of Benin’s desire and prayers as father to all is for the individual or party who is expressly committed to the continued unity of the Edo people, the infrastructural development of Edo State, creation of jobs for the people, reduction of poverty and above all respect for the traditional institution.”
Meanwhile, one of the leaders of the Jonathan/Sambo campaign support group in Edo State, during the 2011 presidential election, Athanasius Ugbome, yesterday joined the number of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defect to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and pledge to work for the re-lection of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
A younger brother of the immediate past PDP organising secretary in the state, Pascal Ugbome, told journalists that he was following the footsteps of his supporters, many of whom he said have since defected to the ACN, adding that it was no longer possible to deny the impact of the Oshiomhole’s administration in infrastructural development in Edo State.