By SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—TRADITIONAL rulers from Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, have appealed to politicians in the state not to heat up the polity by the use of inflammatory language in their campaigns.
The Otaru of Igarra, Oba Samuel Saiki II, made the appeal during a courtesy visit by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to their area.
He said: “Some of us here are worried about the way some politicians are going about their campaigns. We want everyone to accept the principle of one man one vote. The do-or-die politics is not the way out. I advise our politicians that the days are gone when they take the people for granted. It should be a campaign of issues.
“Take your visit as a routine one. I want to assure you that Akoko-Edo has adopted you as the governor. We are asking you to come and do more, not to repeat. Opposition is a necessary evil. They can only make you stronger, they cannot weaken you. For Akoko-Edo, Oshiomhole has been choosen. We are not going back on that,” he said.
Oshiomhole lauded the cordial relationship between the government and the traditional rulers.