BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused Governor Adams Oshiomhole of dragging the traditional institution in the state into politics.
State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, who made the allegation, expressed dismay at the rate at which traditional rulers were being involved in the politics of the state through the instrumentality of the state government. He warned that as custodians of the culture and traditions of the people, “traditional rulers must be completely insulated from the politics of the state.”
Orbih, in Uromi and Ubiaja, Edo Central senatorial zone, while receiving defectors from All Progressives Congress, APC, in a veiled reference to comments by some traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial zone, who visited the Government House, where they condemned the defection of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and others from the APC to PDP, said “I have noticed with surprise that the government summons traditional rulers to Government House at will where they freely comment on the politics of the state.
“The defection of Pastor Ize-Iyamu, his supporters and others who were fed up with the policies of the government is a normal thing in any political dispensation. They have the constitutional rights to freely associate with others, they have the constitutional rights of free movement from one party to another.
“I appeal to the government not to drag our royal fathers into politics. They should be allowed to perform their roles as custodian’s of the peoples’ culture and tradition. Our traditional rulers should leave politics to politicians”