Oba of Benin Refutes Labour Party Candidate’s Claims of Palace Ties

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II, has refuted claims made by Labour Party candidate Olumide Akpata regarding his connection to the royal palace.

During a visit to the monarch’s palace in Benin City, where Akpata was accompanied by former Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, the Oba clarified that Akpata is not a “child of the Palace” as he had claimed.

Akpata repeatedly referred to himself as a “son of the Palace” in both English and the local dialect. However, the Oba corrected him, explaining that after verification, it was found that Akpata had no direct or distant links to the Palace.

“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,” stated the Oba.

Following the incident, a member of Akpata’s entourage expressed disappointment, suggesting that the correction should have been made privately rather than publicly. Nonetheless, they acknowledged the authority of the Oba, stating, “he can’t be wrong.”


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