Patrick Obahiagbon, the Deputy Chairman on Communication and Publicity for the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Campaign Council in Edo State, has said that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, did not endorse the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate, Godwin Obaseki, when the party’s chieftains visited him earlier.
The spokesman for the APC said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ on Friday.
He insisted that the visit by the PDP does not imply the revered monarch endorsed the party’s candidate.
Obahiagbon did not also confirm nor deny the issue of the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, receiving the Oba’s blessings.
According to him, the Oba of Benin is a neutral traditional king and does not endorse anybody but prays for all his subjects.
“If you watch his prayers very meticulously, he would say that ‘may the candidate that would bring freedom, may the candidate that will bring economic prosperity to my kingdom have the blessing of the great architect of the universe,” Obahiagbon said.
“So we cannot situate or locate the visit of PDP to His Royal Majesty to be an endorsement. In any case, the APC is yet to carry out its campaign. When we do that, we will equally visit His Majesty,” he added.
Also, Obahiagbon maintained that APC’s Ize-Iyamu is confident of victory in the September governorship election.