By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—AS campaigns for the 2011 general elections hot up, Bini monarch, Oba Erediauwa, has advised political parties to present candidates, who will give good governance and accountability to the electorate.
The monarch, who gave the advice, yesterday, when he received the former president of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers, NUPENG, and the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, senatorial aspirant in Edo North senatorial district, Mr Peter Akpatason, in his palace, said that the electorate needed the best materials as their representatives in order to ensure the dividends of democracy.
The monarch, who spoke through the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, prayed that the ancestors of the kingdom will guide and protect aspirants, who mean well for their people.
“We pray the ancestors to guide those of you, who have the good intention to serve the people you wish to represent. We believe that the people know those who have their interest at heart and it is only imperative that those thoughts come to play when they are deciding on their choice of candidates or their representatives at all levels of government,” he said.
Earlier, Akpatason, who was at the palace with his supporters to inform the Oba of his ambition, explained that having served for almost a decade as NUPENG boss, it became imperative for him to come back home and contribute to the development of the people of Edo North senatorial district at the National Assembly.
According to him, “the area needs vibrant representation and at the moment, we don’t have that kind of people, who can drive the wheel of development. The area is seriously faced with challenges of erosion problem and lots of environmental issues, including of course unemployment, women and child mortality rate, because my people are mainly agrainrian.
“We need to bring to the place several federal government presence to help address these issues. I believe with my background as a unionist we can make laws and draw government attention to the plight of my people” he said.