President Goodluck Jonathan has urged traditional rulers in the Benin Kingdom to support his re-election bid, as a “son of the Benin palace.”
President Jonathan made the appeal on Friday when his campaign team paid a courtesy visit to some palace chiefs at the Holy Arousa Cathedral, Benin; the traditional place of worship of the Oba of Benin.
The Coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation in Edo State, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who conveyed the message of the President, said the Jonathan-led administration had performed creditably well and deserved a second term in order to complete his good works in Edo and other parts of the country.
While noting that the role of the Oba in national development was instrumental to the decision of the President to seek re-election, Ize-Iyamu asked the chiefs for royal blessings and support for the Peoples Democratic Party at all levels.
He said, “I, therefore, ask that you pray for him (Jonathan) as elders of the land, because in 2011, Edo-South voted overwhelmingly for him and, this time, he expects more from you.
Responding on behalf of the palace chiefs, Chief Sunny Omoregbe, the Osafuoba of Benin, Chief Sunny Omoregbe, assured the delegation that the traditional institutions would continue to play their part in nation building.
In a related development, The traditional ruler of Bomo Kingdom, Southern Ijaw, King Joshua Igbugburu, has warned politicians in the state to avoid anything that will bring shame to Bayelsa state.
Igbugburu, the Ibenanaowei II of Bomo, gave the warning when All Progressives Congress senatorial candidate for Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Mr. Preye Aganaba, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace in Yenagoa on Friday.
Igbugburu said, “We are warning politicians in Bayelsa not to do anything that will bring shame to the Bayelsa people.
“We are all brothers and sisters. Politicians should exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship and also kill the spirit of thuggery, rancour and bitterness among themselves and their followers.”