Edo 2016: Esan traditional rulers endorse Ize-Iyamu

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin 

No fewer than 28 traditional rulers in the central senatorial district of Edo State have endorsed the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship flag bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu ahead of the forthcoming election. Alleging marginalization on the path of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole led government of the state, they have subsequently directed their subjects to vote for Ize-Iyamu in the September 10 governorship election. 

The traditional rulers spoke when they gathered at the palace of the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRM Anslem Eidenojie, to receive Pastor Ize-Iyamu. 

They said their decision was based on what rhyme described as ‘sustained marginalisation of Esanland and her people in a state that belonged to them all.’ 

Three traditional rulers, namely HRM Ojuromi of Uromi, HRM Ehidiamen of Opoji and HRM Izuware of Ujiogba, who spoke appealed to Pastor Ize-Iyamu to correct the imbalance immediately he assumes office in November. 

The Ojuromi of Uromi, said, “We know you very well. You are a man, who has direct relationship with virtually all the Enigie (traditional ruler) of Esanland. 

“You are a son of the former Esogban of Benin Kingdom. You are a son of tradition. Your father served in the Palace without blemish. He did not betray the Palace. 

“We the Enigie in Esanland believe that if we give you our support, you will not betray us. We want to say that Esan nation is part and parcel of this state. We know how much we have been relegated in our own state and we are very unhappy about it. 

He said it was a wise decision for Ize-Iyamu to pick their son as his running mate, saying “our saying thank you to you will not just be by words of mouth, we will use our PVCs to say thank you to you.” 

Onojie of Opoji, HRM Ehidiamen, described the situation of Esanland to the Jews surrounded by Arabs. 

He said, “the dumb says there are so many words in his belly, but he cannot say anything because of his condition. We are neither deaf nor dumb, by God’s grace, we will do the election.”

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