Osinbajo, Odigie-Oyegun, others arrive Edo for Oba’s coronation
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has arrived Benin, the Edo State capital, for the grand coronation ceremony of the new Oba of Benin Kingdom.
The crown prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, would formally receive his staff of office from Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the 39th Oba.
Prof. Osinbajo arrived at the Benin airport at about 10:46am, under tight security.
He was accompanied by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and other members of the presidential entourage.
The Vice President was received by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; governor Oshiomhole, the governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki; the Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire; and the senator representing Edo North, Francis Alimikhena.
Other dignitaries who have arrived for the ceremony are the Governor of Gombe, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo; his Imo State counterpart, represented by the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere; the Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, and the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.
Although the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, were not sighted at the airport, it was learnt that they had arrived earlier with their entourage.