The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, on Saturday advised the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to accept the verdict of the state Election Petitions Tribunal.
A statement signed by the monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Desmond Agbama made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, said the Oba noted that in spite of the verdict, there was no victor no vanquished .
The three-man tribunal had dismissed Ize-Iyamu’s petition and upheld the victory of Gov. Goodwin Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu and his party, the PDP, had challenged INEC declaration of Obaseki of the All Peoples Congress as winner of the Sept 28, Edo gubernatorial election.
“In an election, there is no victor and no vanquished.
“Consequently, Osagie Ize-Iyamu should accept the decision of the tribunal in good faith and forge ahead in the task of providing democracy dividends for the people,” the Oba said.
He congratulated Obaseki on his victory, and urged him to focus on sanitising the society, providing critical infrastructure and creating job opportunities for the teeming unemployment youths in the state.
Oba Eware II also urged all stakeholders to support the administration in the task of moving Edo to higher heights.