Sequel to the shift of Edo State governorship election to September 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the coronation of the new Oba of Benin has been moved to October 18, 2016.
The earlier coronation date, according to Palace sources was fixed with the governorship election date in mind, unfortunately, the Palace was not consulted when a new date for the election was being considered.
The decision to shift the coronation date was taken by the Palace so that the Benins and Edos in general will not be distracted.
According to a competent source, “the fear is that, either the election will distract people from massively participating in the coronation or the coronation would do same to the election. Also, many dignitaries outside the state may not want to come to Benin City for the coronation if it is too close to the election because of security consideration. It was therefore decided that the coronation should be moved forward so that our people can give both events the deserved attention”
Our investigation further revealed that excitement for the coronation is at fever pitch as all hands are on deck to ensure a very successful event.
However, additional costs are being incurred as a result of the postponement. New invitation cards with new the date have to be printed, massive tents that were already being installed at different locations have to be pulled down. Some corporate organisations that have printed event specific banners with dates also have to reprint the banners.