A cultural dimension has been added to the raging political battle of wits in Edo State forward of the September 19 ballot, following an accusation that Governor Godwin Obaseki dedicated a taboo by standing earlier than Oba Ewuare of Benin sporting a cap.
The allegation was made by his predecessor and now estranged political mentor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, whereas fielding questions on a talk-show on Come up TV.
Final week, Governor Obaseki led a bunch of visiting PDP governors to the palace on a courtesy go to to the Benin monarch earlier than continuing to the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium to launch his marketing campaign for a second time period.
The go to was, nonetheless, marred by violence, as Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) supporters clashed with All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters on the gate, because the governor and his visitors had been exiting the palace, leading to gunshots.
Talking on Skype from his Auchi nation residence on the morning programme of Come up TV monitored in Lagos, Comrade Oshiomhole condemned Obaseki’s motion as one other demonstration of disrespect not just for the esteemed Benin palace, but additionally Edo custom.
“You name your self a Bini man, but you got here to Bini palace sporting a cap in firm of different PDP governors,” stated Oshiomhole of Obaseki who hails from Oredo Council in Benin Metropolis.
The traditional Bini customs forbid topics from sporting cap earlier than the Oba even whereas obliging them to kneel in obeisance.