Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Political Affairs, Chief Osaro Idah, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has crossed the line in its desperation to drag highly respected persons and institutions in society in the mud over its low public rating.
Idah who said this in Benin City on Monday, in a note to journalists, maintained that “the Royal Palace of the Benin Monarch has for decades remained insulated from partisan politics and all political actors must respect its neutral status.
“It is unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will go to such irresponsible extent in an attempt to dishonour our revered monarch and our traditional institution in the name of politics.
“It is also shameful that the APC will try to use a faceless group to try to tarnish the very cordial relationship between the palace and the government.”
He added that: “John Mayaki is swimming in troubled waters by dragging the highly exalted Royal Palace of the Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, into his brand of the campaign of calumny and mudslinging.
“Not even Mayaki’s poor orientation of the customs and traditions of Benin people is sufficient excuse for his indiscretion and assault on the things we hold in high esteem. He must be warned and guided by Edo sons and daughters, who know where to draw the line.
“The issue between the Ogiamien family and the Benin Royal House predates the election of Governor Obaseki in 2016 and has been receiving attention by the relevant institutions of government, including the courts.
“We are however assured that neither the good people of Edo state nor the revered Benin Royal Palace can be misled by this reckless and reprehensible tactic of the APC in the name of politics. APC’s attempt to pit the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government against the Benin Monarch will continue to fail.”