Igiebor counsels Benin palace over Oshiomhole, Igbinedion rift
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Dr. Emmanuel Igiebor, yesterday frowned at the seeming silence of the Benin Palace on the rift between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, saying the alleged comments credited to the governor were derogatory to the palace.
Igiebor said the comments credited to the governor during a town hall meeting in Benin City to mark his seventh anniversary in office were invariably a total disregard to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, wondering why Igbinedion, a palace chief, could be “insulted” by the governor.
He said the silence was an abomination to the kingdom.
He said that Oshiomhole’s allegedly telling the Crown Prince that “Don’t divide the house” during the parley was an attempt to reduce the integrity of the traditional institution.
“For anybody to compare the Esama to the revered stool of the Oba Of Benin as done by Oshiomhole presently calls for serious concern. For any individual to compare Esama title to the Oba throne is seen as aspersion on the Benin nation,” Igiebor stated.