Olú of Warri, Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III, has denied endorsing the candidacy of one of the front line candidates of the All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A statement from the office of the revered King by Mr Oriiz U Onuwaje, Head, Back Office Operations. Office of Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III The Olú of Warri; and made available to Omonaijablog.com.ng said;
On the instructions of His Majesty Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III – The Olú of Warri; firmly rebut the statement claiming Ògíamẹ̀’s endorsement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and restates that Ògíamẹ̀ has no political affiliation or preferred political candidate for any office in the forthcoming 2023 elections be it at the regional, sub-national or national level.
Ògíamẹ is a father figure to all and has no personal favourite or special interests in any candidate or political party vying for any office in the forthcoming elections one way or another and will therefore not endorse or discredit any candidate to the detriment or advantage of others.
The headlines credited to Ògíamẹ in the referenced quotes have been taken out of context and reworked to suit a specific narrative. They cannot be further from the truth. For an unclear motive, the writer contravenes the Palace’s avowed role of non-partisanship. Ògíamẹ is a father figure to all who have a genuine interest in advancing the course of development of our nation. Ògíamẹ is duty-bound to receive and proffer advice and blessings to all those who seek his audience and counsel.
Therefore, His Majesty Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III – The Olú of Warri is using this medium to make this important clarification for the avoidance of doubt and further requesting that in the future, any queries and clarifications on Palace communications should be directed to the Palace media office.