The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has urged security agencies to live up to their constitutional obligations in the Edo State governorship election billed for September 19.
Ewuare said this on Monday when the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, visited his palace on Monday in Benin.
The Benin monarch told the police boss that there had never been an election that had generated tensions as the 2020 polls in the history of Edo State.
According to him, the needful must be done to ensure peaceful election in Edo State on September 19, irrespective of challenges.
Earlier, Adamu said he was in the palace to appeal to the Oba to help talk to the political gladiators in the state to sheath their swords.
The IG noted that his earlier peace pact meeting with candidates had yielded positive results in the state.
He said: “We came to receive the blessings of Oba, His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin, because we cannot come to Benin without passing through the palace.
“We are requesting the palace, as he did before, to talk to the political gladiators, that is the contestants in the Saturday election, to speak to them again to be law abiding because the first time he spoke to them, there was result, all the violence went down.
“We are asking the palace again to increase the tempo by talking to them again.
“We met with all the political parties and the contestants in the gubernatorial election and we spoke to them, we explained to them the security arrangements we have put in place.
“The INEC Chairman also told them the arrangements that had been made.
“We asked them to partner us for free and fair election and they have assured us that they will abide by the Electoral Laws and by the grace of God, we shall have free and fair election.”