The traditional ruler of Ugbegun community, His Royal Highness (HRH), Zaiki Samuel Iwolo Obade II, has counseled the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to avoid the use of foul language in his campaigns.
The traditional ruler gave the advice when Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Mr. John Yakubu, led other party chieftains to pay him homage in continuation of the PDP campaign tour of Edo Central.
Obade II also advised politicians against beating war drums, pointing out that he learnt from his experience as a former soldier, who was at the war front, that war should be avoided at all costs by all concerned, because it is evil.
He said: “Whatever your opponent might say against you, preach politics without bitterness, preach peace. If the other party abuses you and you reply, the people will not know that you are better.
“If you pay him back in the same coin, it will look as if you have the same mission. Tell the people what you will do better than the present government, if voted into power. Use decent words. I beg of you, be decent anywhere you go; so that you will win the people for yourself and your party”.
The monarch, in a direct address to the PDP candidate, said “If somebody is ready to fight you, say no, you don’t want to fight. Whether you are a chief, a politician, a journalist or a party man; go into the field and preach good news and good news will happen to you”.
“We do not want war. The episode of the ‘wild, wild West’ during the Action Group political era should be avoided at all cost. We don’t want that; we want a winner in the election that will win and there will be peace”, Obade II added.