The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, on Saturday advised Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate to accept the verdict of the state Election Petitions Tribunal.

The Oba declared ‘no victor no vanquished’ in the election, said the monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Desmond Agbama .

A three-man Election Petition tribunal had on Friday dismissed Ize-Iyamu’s case and upheld the victory of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

Ize-Iyamu and his party, the PDP, had challenged the declaration by Independent National Electoral Commission of Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the Sept 28 gubernatorial election.

“In an election, there is no victor and no vanquished”, Oba Ewuare said.

“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 Ewuare II also urged all stakeholders to support the administration in the task of moving Edo to higher heights.

Source: The Guardian