By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” TRADITIONAL rulers from oil-rich Orhionmwon Local Government Council of Edo State have cautioned leaders ofÂ Action Congress, AC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state against making inflammatory statements that may plunge the state into crisis.
Their warning came as the Benin Youth Council, BYC, an umbrella body of all Binis, yesterday, endorsed the former Chairman of Egor Local Government Council and former state Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr. Henry Idahagbon, for Edo South Senatorial seat in 2011.
The traditional rulers, in a statement signed by the Odunanoba of Benin Kingdom, Dr. Henry Omorodion, noted that it would be an impediment to the ongoing developmental efforts of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led administration if because of political power, politicians engage themselves in actionsÂ capable of leading the state into lawlessness.
They said:Â Â â€œWhat we need now as a state is development and it will be in the best interest of our subjects and the entire people of the state to give the governor the desired support to ensure that the ongoing projects are completed than making remarks that are capable of distracting him.
â€œPoliticians have failed our people because we have discovered that after they are voted into office, they only care about their personal interest, forgetting those that voted them into office. And that is why in my own little way as a traditional ruler, I am ready to partner with government to create jobs for our youths.
â€œThat is why we are praying that the electoral system be reformed so that we will be able to elect credible people into political offices in 2011.â€
‘Why we want Idahagbon’
Meanwhile, the BYC in a statement signed by it National Coordinator, reasoned that Edo South Senatorial District needed people with good background and track records to represent the Binis in the Senate and not â€œbench warmers as we have experienced in the past years.
â€œThat is why we have reviewed all the aspirants so far and have zeroed in on Idahagbon to represent us.â€