(Being an endorsement statement by the Benin Unity Coalition (BUC)
Distinguished and irrepressible members of the press, we have invited you to this epoch making moment aimed at breaking our protracted silence on the senatorial ambitions of some pretenders, and to unequivocally declare Mr. Erhabor Emokpae as the most prepared and astute person to provide the urgently needed quality presence in the Senate to serve the people of Edo South.
Beyond lawmaking, a senator must have the complimentary composure to ensure good governance at the Local and State Government levels. With an impeccable background in the private sector and his consistent engagement with the political arena as a strategic partner, Erhabor Emokpae has clear navigational capacity to represent the religious and cultural diversity of our senatorial district, particularly with respect to the teeming youth.
We need a man who will give our people a respected voice on the National stage to lead a renaissance to restore the dignity and glory of Edo State and above all, to champion Social Harmony and Economic Freedom!!!
For these reasons, our coalition here and now, so endorse Mr. Erhabor Asa Emokpae under the All Progressives Congress platform. We assure the party of our unalloyed support to ensure his victory at the Poll next February.
Our endorsement is further based on the fact that he is a scion of an illustrious Benin family, Emokpae of Olaye of Unuabehen in Ogbe, Benin City. His grandfather Chief Ogieva Emokpae (1904-1975) was the Iguasodoba of Benin in the time of Oba Eweka and went on to serve Oba Akenzua as the Ewekaguosadoba of Benin Kingdom. Maternally, Erhabor Asa Emokpae is the product of the well known and highly regarded Benin families of Obazuaye and Obamedo/Woghiren.
His father Erhabor Ogieva Emokpae (oon) (1934-1984) after whom he is named, was arguably one of the best and most accomplished prolific artists that Africa has ever produced, who revelled in his love for Benin Art and Culture. The promotion of which he championed with lifelong dedication.
In addition to many great works in public places, and in private collections worldwide, the late artist famously incorporated the face of Queen Idia into the symbol of the 2nd World Black Arts Festival (FESTAC) hosted in Nigeria in the seventies in a fitting tribute to the greatness of Benin cultural heritage.
Against this background, the Benin Unity Coalition compromising; Benin Youth Congress, Benin Development Union and Benin National Council hereby calls on sons and daughters of Edo South to support Erhabor Emokpae in his quest to serve them in our quest for a renewed and greater glory of the Senatorial district and Edo State at large.
1. Elder Uyi Ezeko
2. Mabel Oshodin-Edeki
3. Martins Igbinijesu