By Simeon OSAJIE
The Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin Kingdom, has told the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, that his reputations preceded him.
Oba Ewuare II said this when he received the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti in his palace in Benin City.
The presidential candidate of LP who got bombardment of questions from the monarch, who needed some clarifications from him, said he read that land was given to him and he turned the offer down and that he should confirm if that information was true.
Ewuare II further coded him that there are a lot of temptations in office and asked if he could resist them and remain clean?
The monarch further said that there have been a lot of arguments about his popularity.
He assumed some said he is only popular on the social media while some said otherwise, adding that he has tried to find out from both the old and the young and that what he has seen is quite amazing.
The monarch maintained that the Benin throne, right from the time immemorial, has remained apolitical as he is the father to all, blesses and advises all who seek for political position and the other.
The Benin Monarch believed the throne is interested in the one who has the interest of Nigerians at heart, one who can make life meaningful for all.
Responding to the monarch’s questions, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, said it was true that he actually returned the land given to him.
On the question of resisting temptations that are associated with office, he said he and his Vice would do all in their powers to resist and fight corruption in the country.
Earlier, Obi who said he was in his palace with his team to seek for his royal blessings as he embarks on his campaign, said the forthcoming 2023 nelection should not be based on religion and ethnic sentiments but on competency and one who can distribute to Nigerians the dividends of democracy.
The Labour Party presidential candidate added that his government will leverage on the country’s population and vast lands to boost the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and make life better for Nigerians.