A group of chief priests operating on the platform of the Association of Igie-Ohen in Benin Kingdom has expressed support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the September 28 Edo governorship election, Godwin Obaseki.
The chief priests, who were drawn from several communities in the Edo-South senatorial district, made this known during a meeting in Benin, where they also described Obaseki and his running mate, Philip Shaibu, as “square pegs in square holes.”
Also present at the meeting was Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The priests, who spoke through the secretary of the association, High Priest Osarumwense Amayo, lauded the performance of the governor, adding that they were confident that the APC candidate would take the state to greater heights.
Amayo said, “On the calibre of your party’s governorship candidate and his running mate, they are seen to be square pegs in square holes.
“We have a common adage in Benin which says if a child achieves greatness above his or her parents, it is not a curse, or, better still, not a taboo. We, as a body, are totally convinced that these children of yours are well nurtured by your articulate and good sense of leadership, selfless service, sincerity, honesty and adherence to the rule of law.”
They also assured him that all would be well in the entire state.
While responding, Oshiomhole thanked the priests for their prayers for the state and their support for the government.
The governor said, “I also want to thank you for endorsing our candidate, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki. Godwin knows he has to perform above my level so that our dream for a greater Edo would be realised.”
“I believe I owe the people of Edo who have supported in the fight to reposition the state. With the prayers of the people, the evil machinations of those sucking Edo dry will not succeed.”