The people of Edo State are hopeful for a peaceful governorship poll following a new twist in the electioneering events in the State.
Channels TV reports that in what many would not have expected to see before the September 19, 2020 poll, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his major rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, embraced each other for the first time in many months.
This follows weeks of heated tension in the State as a result of the activities of the two leading political parties in Edo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Disturbed with the series of attacks and counter-attacks during campaign rallies in the last couple of weeks, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, took a decisive step on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, to end the trend of violence in the State.
The traditional ruler convened a peace meeting which had in attendance various leaders of the PDP and the APC in Edo State, at his palace in Benin City.
Notable among those in attendance were the PDP candidate, Governor Obaseki; the APC flagbearer, Pst Ize-Iyamu, former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; his predecessor, Chief John Oyegun, and the State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, among other political actors in Edo.
Shortly after all the attendees were seated, Governor Obaseki, Pst Ize-Iyamu, and others went before the traditional ruler to pay homages to him.