|Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa.|
BENIN CITY – Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday, July 17, 2012, said he prayed to his ancestors and God Almighty to give Governor Adams Oshiomhole victory in last weekend’s election, so that he can complete the laudable projects his administration had started.
The monarch spoke when Governor Oshiomhole and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, visited him in his palace, where the governor presented his Certificate of Return to the Oba.
Before the Oba spoke, he brought out a special kola and hot drink, which he mandated the Iyase of Benin kingdom to pray with for the second tenure of Oshiomhole.
In his prayers, the Iyase thanked God and the ancestors for ensuring victory for Oshiomhole and prayed that the gods will provide the wherewithal with which the governor will use to continue his infrastructural development.
Addressing the governor, the Oba said, he had always prayed for the success of the governor privately but that he had now decided to address him publicly now that God and the ancestors had given him victory.
He said: “I have addressed you privately and prayed for you for your second term. You are welcomed to my palace. We have watched what you have done, like what the media is saying that your hand work is going to campaign for you. I prayed to my ancestors for you too and every body has seen what you are doing for the people.
“Some of the roads that were- left in a bad state, we have seen what you have done. And, of course, not only Benin Kingdom but the entire state, infrastructural developments are going on. The last time you came, I prayed to the ancestors to assist you come back to complete the works your started. As my Chief was praying, he added in his prayers that God and the ancestors should provide you the wherewithal to carry on with your infrastructural development and do more.”
Earlier, Oshiomhole thanked the Oba for the support to his administration and assured that he would use the resources of the state to build a new Benin City in his second tenure.