The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has congratulated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke on his triumph at the poll.
Ooni, however, admonished him to carry everybody on board as a people’s leader who has no time for any vendetta that will make him lose focus on his plans for the state and who will not patronise the sycophantic behaviours of hypocrites who may want to selfishly misadvise him pretending to be his best loyalists.
The foremost African monarch in a statement by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare, on Monday described the election result as a confirmation of Adeleke’s grassroot popularity in the state which he must reward with good governance driven by rule of law, fear of God and selfless service to the people.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke has been around for some time and his eventual victory is an opportunity for him to execute his election promises as much as possible. The Arole Oodua urges him to be magnanimous in victory and justify the mandate of our people which confirms his grassroot popularity by ensuring that Osun indigenes enjoy maximum dividends of democracy and good governance driven by rule of law, fear of God and selfless service to the people.”
“Mr Governor-Elect is from a noble family and a strong political dynasty in the state who must avoid to be misled by hypocrisy and sycophancy of some arrogant political llieutenants who may want to instigate him against merely perceived political enemies both in his party and in the opposition parties. Vendetta is capable of derailing a leader.” Olafare said.
Ooni, the Permanent Chairman, Osun State Council of Obas and Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), equally
hailed the state governor, Alhaji Isiaka Oyetola for his peace loving character with which he comported himself before, during and after the election, describing him as a perfect gentleman of peace who kept his promise made recently at the peace accord meeting that he was not going to act as a desperate politician but would only remain as a simple political leader in all ramifications.
“During the Peace Accord Ceremony organised by the National Peace Committee few days to the election in Osogbo attended by traditional rulers led by the Ooni, civil societies, INEC officials led by the Chairman, heads of security agencies and other peace stakeholders from across the country, Governor Oyetola signed the peace accord alongside 12 other contestants and he made a promise to conduct himself peacefully before, during and after the election in a character of a gentleman and a simple leader in all ramifications. This he has done to the admiration of the traditional rulers and he must be well commended.”
Ooni, the Natural Head of Oduduwa Race worldwide also praised the Osun electorate who went out on Saturday peacefully with their usual virtuous ‘Omoluwabi’ decorum and voted for their different preferred candidates without setting the state on fire which would have posed serious challenges to be managed by security agencies and traditional rulers.
Ooni Ogunwusi in the conclusive part of the statement lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over what he described as a job well done.
“In a recent visit by the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu to the Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife where he met with the Osun traditional rulers who assured the INEC boss of their neutrality as fathers for all the candidates. They expressed confidence in the INEC’s capacity to deliver without bias. Arole Oodua hereby states that the Osun traditional rulers are not disappointed at the end of the whole process. INEC is well commended”
“The success and smoothness of the voting exercise was not without the virtuous ethos of ‘Omoluabi’ displayed across the state by the Osun electorate. They are truly the heroes of that election day.
“What this means for our democracy is that more people are getting interested in all stages and our system of governance is gradually becoming more acceptable. It is indeed a victory for the State and democracy which must be seen as ‘No Victor No Vanquished.” Ooni Ogunwusi stated.
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