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You are not a son of the Palace, Oba of Benin tells LP gov’ship candidate, Akpata

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You are not a son of the Palace, Oba of Benin tells LP  gov’ship candidate, Akpata

The Edo State Labour Party Governorship Candidate in the September 21, 2024 forthcoming election, Barrister Olumide Akpata, has been told he is not a son of the palace during a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin.

Accompanied by LP leader, Mr. Peter Obi, Olumide Akpata had in the course of his presentation to the Oba on Saturday, June 15, 2024, claimed several times that he was a son of the Oba’s Palace.

Responding, His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, said he had heard the claims previously, and had asked one of his chiefs to verify; because he was not aware that Olumide was a child of the Palace. His chief confirmed his suspicions that indeed Olumide 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”, the Oba said.

“I hope you don’t mind that clarification. You are an industrious, indigenous son of the soil but you are not a child of the Palace.”

In response to Oba Ewuare II’s correction, Olumide Akpata said, “I am grateful for the correction. It was a mistake on my part. I’m a true son of the Benin Kingdom. I hope His Royal Majesty will forgive me,” Barrister Akpata pleaded before leaving with his entourage.

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