By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” THE Bini Political Coalition (BPC), a socio-political organisation in Edo State, declared, yesterday, that the Binis would no longer allow foreign political godfathers or aliens dictate the politics of the state.
The group, led by two-time governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, first civilian governor of the state, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and ex-chief whip of the senate, Senator Roland Owie, lamented that the Binis had been taken for granted for too long, even with their population strength.
It noted that in the few years of the nationâ€™s democracy, the leadership of the Binis noticed the mad exodus of people to belong to different political parties, adding that in the process,Â most Binis abandoned the stick and went for the carrot wherever it was to be found, forgetting that every carrot had its own stick.
In an address read by Chief Oyegun, the BPC pointed out that though it was not a political party and does not intend to metamorphose into one, the Binis must protect their interest in whatever political party they belong, rather than allowing â€œaliensâ€ to dictate the pace for the people.
â€œWe must return to the experience provided by our First Republic fathers. There was a schism between the Gauis Obaseki- led Ogboni/Action Group and the Omo Osagie led Out-Edo/NCNC.
â€œBut when occasion demanded, they quickly closed ranks and posed a common front to fight a good fight in the creation of the then Mid-West region. After fighting for the common interest, every body would return to his political party.
â€œIt has not been our character for the internal affairs of the Bini man to be decided by aliens outside the Benin Kingdom,â€ he stated.
On the issue of Bini agenda, the BPC explained that it had been misinterpreted to mean that a Bini man must always be governor of Edo state, adding that all it meant was that â€œ where the lot falls on a Bini man, we should count ourselves lucky and assist in actualizing the process.
â€œBut if not, the Bini man should be interested in ensuring that the non-Bini who emerges is someone who has the interest of the Binis at heart and more so, is willing and able to place such Bini interests commensurately in the scheme of thingsâ€.
Other leaders at the meeting included Senator Ehigie Uzamere, Special Adviser to the governor on Political Matters, Mr Charles Idahosa, Arisco Osewengie, House of Representative members from the area and members of the State House of Assembly.