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Oba of Benin denounces Labour Party Guber candidate’s ‘Child of the Palace’ claim

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In a recent encounter that stirred the political landscape of Edo State, the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, firmly refuted the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate Olumide Akpata’s self-proclaimed title as a “child of the palace.”

The assertion came to light during Akpata’s visit to the Benin City palace, where he was accompanied by Peter Obi, the former presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

Throughout the meeting, Akpata repeatedly referred to himself as a “son of the Palace,” a claim he made in both English and the local dialect.

However, the Oba swiftly challenged this assertion, revealing that upon inquiry, he found no direct or distant connections between Akpata and the royal palace.

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“You are an industrious son of the soil, but to say you are a child of the palace, I am not aware that any of my children is contesting or is a politician. So I need to make that clarification for the sake of the public and the fourth estate of the realm,” remarked Oba Ewuare II.

The Oba’s decisive denial visibly unsettled Akpata, who responded by acknowledging that while he might not be a child of the palace, he remains a devoted child of the kingdom.

Following the public rebuke, a member of Akpata’s entourage expressed discontent, suggesting that such corrections should have been made privately rather than in front of the press. Despite this, the entourage member conceded, “he is our Oba, and he can’t be wrong.”

The incident underscores the sensitivity of cultural and traditional claims in Edo politics, highlighting the Oba’s significant influence and the respect commanded by the royal institution.

As the gubernatorial race heats up, this confrontation adds another layer of complexity to the political dynamics in Edo State.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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