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VIDEO: Oba of Benin Debunks Olumide Akpata’s Royal Claim

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, clarified to the Labour Party governorship candidate in Edo State, Olumide Akpata, that he does not have any biological connection to the Benin royal family.

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The respected Oba clarified this during Akpata’s visit to his palace on Saturday, June 15, 2024, as Akpata sought royal blessings ahead of the state’s governorship election on September 21.

Akpata was accompanied on the visit by the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, and other prominent members of the party.

During his speech, the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president expressed gratitude to the Oba for his support before outlining his plans for the people of Edo.

However, a significant moment followed when Akpata referred to himself as a son of the palace.

Olumide Akpata / Photo Credit: Wikipedia

“As my father has said previously, I’m a son of the palace. And so, I feel comfortable. I feel bold enough to come to seek for your Royal Majesty’s blessing. And to report to your royal majesty that the Labour Party in Edo State is strong and vibrant and we’re going to go around all 18 local governments and 192 wards to pass on the message to our people,” he told the palace.

In response, the Oba of Benin clarified that while there are individuals with distant connections to the royal family who may refer to themselves as children of the palace, Akpata does not belong to that category.

The monarch mentioned that he had instructed his chief to investigate whether the former NBA chairman had any distant relations to the royal family, and the findings were negative.

Therefore, he respectfully requested the Labour Party candidate to clarify what he meant by referring to himself with that attribution.

“People that introduce themselves as children of the palace. There are some others that are distantly related, that are not exactly from the royal family that can also address themselves as children of the palace.

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“When he (Akpata) said he’s a child of the palace, he said it in English, I think he said it in Benin as well. So I was wondering, as he’s campaigning now, I have called my chief here that is it true that he’s a child of the palace and I don’t know about it.

“We know him very well. He’s an industrious son of the soil. True indigenous son of the soil. But to say a child of the palace, I don’t know whether any of them is a politician. So I just want that clarification for the sake of the public and the fourth estate of the realm.

“So sorry o. I hope you don’t mind that clarification. You’re an industrious, indigenous soil of the soil. We all know that. I know I supported you when you were president of the NBA.

“I had to call El-Rufai to support you that they should look after you when some issues came up during that conference or something that El-Rufai was banned or something.

Oba Ewuare II / Photo Credit: Centre for Nigeria Progress

“Remember I had to speak to him. I said that ‘he’s our son.’ That they should look after him and all. He doesn’t have anything to do with the quarrel that’s ongoing in Kaduna. I know I spoke for you.

“So just to be clear, we’re not particularly against you. I just wanted to clarify that identification you made just now, so I hope you don’t mind,” the Oba asked the Labour Party candidate.

In response to the Oba’s inquiry, Akpata acknowledged his mistake in referring to himself as a son of the palace during his speech and humbly sought the monarch’s forgiveness.

“I’m grateful for the correction. I was equating the entire Benin kingdom to the palace, that was a mistake on my part. I’m a true son of the Benin kingdom. I hope Your Majesty will forgive me for that,” to which the monarch replied, “That’s okay.”





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