The people of Edo State have asked for an unreserved apology and also given a seven-day ultimatum to Senate President, Mr. David Mark for allegedly “denigrating the Benin customs.”
The state Chairman of the Conference of Registered Political Parties, CRPP, Dr. Samson Isibor, who gave the ultimatum during the presentation of awards to distinguished elected officials and political appointees in the state, lambasted the senate president for wearing a Benin traditional coral beads on English attires.
Isibor recalls that the Senate President had at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP unity rally held in Benin last weekend, worn a traditional coral beads on the white shirt and black pair of trousers he wore, saying that the combination was “embarrassing and insulting to the customs and tradition of Benin Kingdom.”
Commenting on the awards, Dr. Isibor noted that it was to make a “Statement that opposition political parties are not for criticisms and opposing every policy or actions of the government, but to also commend and give credence to any good work done that has positive bearing on the masses.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, a recipient of the award and Secretary to Edo State |Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, tasked the Federal Government on the protection of pipeline vandalism, rather than resorting to voodoo tactics to rip off states.
“It is the duty of the Federal Government to lay claims to all minerals below and above the soil of Nigeria to protect the pipelines, but they punish the States and make heavy deductions from their monthly allocations thereby trying to distort development planning and delivery of good governance,” Ihonvbere stressed.