Ize-Iyamu receives royal blessings, Obaseki didn’t

El-RRufai, Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu at the Oba of Benin palace for Royal Blessings

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Edo Governorship election, began his campaign on Saturday on a good fortune, by receiving the royal blessings from the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II.

In contrast, Ize-Iyamu’s opponent, Governor Obaseki failed two weeks ago, to receive the blessings at the Palace when he visited because his aides forgot the traditional kolanut and gin.

The egregious omission led Obaseki to sack his protocol officer.

In Edo state, Oba Ewuare is revered and his words are like the decrees of the deity. His blessings are invaluable in the kingdom.

Every politician covets the blessings of the king, preparatory to beginning any enterprise.

The Oba gave Ize-Iyamu the blessings during a courtesy visit to the palace of the monarch before the APC kicked off its campaign for the governorship election.

The ceremony was conducted by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom.

APC governors: Oyetola, Sanwo-Olu, El-Rufai at the Oba of Benin’s palace

APC governors at Oba of Benin palace

Ize-Iyamu was accompanied by a delegate of the All Progressives Congress led by the Chairman of its National Working Committee and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Other Governors and leaders of the party including, its former National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State were also there.

While receiving them, the Oba emphasized the importance of prayers and called for a peaceful, rancor-free election.

He said the Palace remains a father to all and will support the choice of the people at the polls.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who endorsed Ize-Iyamu on Friday and presented him the party’s flag as its candidate in the election, also received praises from the Oba over the successes of his administration.

Speaking on behalf of the APC delegation, Governor Mai Mala Buni, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings, which he successfully received. He expressed optimism that the APC will reclaim Edo State on the 19th of September

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  • Seems like royal blessings are more potent than Gods blessings for Pastor Ize Iyamu. For a pastor who does not have faith in himself, or practice what he preaches, the result of his potential debut in office is already a foregone conclusion. Failure! Just like most of our other leaders. This white elephant of a spectacle has nothing to do with observing the peoples traditions, but rather exploiting their beliefs to create a short cut to the prize, just like yahoo boys and many Nigerians do. The people, it seems are just numbers in the game.

    How about we hold a free and fair election without alluding to the support of a royal figure, without any kind of violence of intimidation, without ballot stuffing and all the other shenanigans politicians are know for, and then the winner may choose to ask for blessing to be a good leader after the fact. This is nothing but sham and an attempt to blindfold the voters, while making them believe all is well, when it is not.

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  • The royal blessing received by Ize Iyamu was as a result of his grassroot political base and depth knowledge of the Benin culture by coming to the palace with kolanut for royal blessing to be conducted on him and his aspiration which his counterpart missed. We can conclude thta royal blessings may not directly result in votes but it counts on who is more in tune with the culture and tradition of the state they seek to serve.

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  • The Oba of Benin did not endorse Ize-Iyamu. He prayed for him and said that he is supporting the will of the people of the State. So whoever the people cast their vote for is the one he will support and his prayer will follow. The press should be very careful with the ways they get their news to the general public. Press should not be a destroyer but a repairer.

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    • What going on Mr James. The headline is "Ize-Iyamu receives royal blessings, Obaseki didn’t" Where did you see "endorse". Must we put politics in everything. Politicians are not our friend why going far to defend anything about them.

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