Crisis hits Benin Forum over Edebiri's support for Buhari
Concerned members ask him to step aside as steering committee chair
Concerned members of Benin Forum have passed a vote of no confidence in
the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Forum, Chief David Edebiri,
the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, for his inability to properly manage the
affairs of the Forum in accordance with its constitution.
This was sequel to Edebiri's campaign that Benin people should not vote
for President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, contrary to
the position and direction of His Royal Majesty, the Omo N'oba Erediauwa
They have asked Edebiri to step aside as chairman of the steering
committee within 72 hours beginning from Monday, February 16. The
ultimatum expires today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
These positions, taken at a meeting in Benin last Sunday convened by
Prince S. Ebuwa, Prince (Dr) Francis Omo-Osunde Iyasere, Colonel Edward
Igbinidu (who represented Benin Retired Military Officers), Lawrence
Igbinosun and Lucky Osahon, were contained in a press statement signed by
the Director of Media of the Forum, Barrister Osamwonyi Osagiede.
According to the statement: “Chief David Edebiri should be reminded that
some months ago, our revered Benin monarch, Omo N'oba Nedo
Uku-Akpolokpolor, Oba of benin, who appointed him and twenty-three other
prominent Benin sons and daughters, who are members of different political
parties to oversee the affairs of the Forum, sent the crown prince
(Eheneden Erediauwa) to President Jonathan to express his support for the
re-election of Mr President and his constant prayers for his victory at
“Therefore, it is odiously mischievous and rude for anyone for that matter
to assume another position.
“The concerned members of the Benin Forum rose from an emergency meeting
on Sunday, 15th February, 2015 in Benin City to re-emphasize the
importance of the Forum and its undiluted role is supposed to play for the
entire Beni people. The members salute the Founder of the Benin Forum,
His Royal Majesty, Omo N'oba Nedo, Oba Erediauwa, CFR.
“The concerned members reviewed the journey and activities of the Forum
since inception; and specifically, the dragging of the Bini Forum to
political arena by the steering committee under the chairmanship of Chief
David Edebiri, who always uses the organisation to enrich himself to the
detriment of the Benin people.
“Right from time, he has single-handed used our most revered Benin
monarch's name to score political points for his selfish interest.”
The Forum said that Edebiri's push that Benin people should not vote for
President Jonathan “is totally unacceptable as it amounts to undermining
the sanctity and authority of the Benin monarch. To every Benin man, the
pronouncement and direction of the Benin monarch is sacrosanct.
“Chief Edebiri's reaction to Patrick Eholor's position that he (Edebiri)
was speaking for the gods is most amusing and funny: when has he become
the chief priest of Benin Kingsdom or Ohen?”
The Forum reminded Edebiri about how Buhari truncated the tenure of the
democratically-elected civilian government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the
governorship mandate of a prominent son of Benin Kingdom, Dr Samuel
Ogbemudia, three months into office in 1983
It said if the gods have asked Edebiri to tell Benins to vote for the same
man (Buhari), “then there is more to it than meets the eye; and it is
hoped that he is not lying against his gods.”
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