Indigenes of Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State have said Governor Adegboyega Oyetola remains the best man to lead the state at the time in view of the socio-economic, political and security challenges confronting the nation in which the State is not an exception.
This, according to them, informed the symbolic presentation of a sword to the governor during his strategic engagement tour to Ijesa-North Federal Constituency.
Other items presented to the governor by the people and leadership of Oriade Local Government were palm wine, local mat, and water from Oluminrin falls by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to symbolise their support for his re-election.
The leaders of the party led by the member representing Oriade State Constituency in Osun State House Assembly, Desmond Ojo, at Ijebu Jesa Town Hall, said the items presented to Oyetola were symbols of the tradition of Ijesa people.
They however used the items to pray for Oyetola’s victory at the governorship poll and assured him of their support.
Earlier in his remark, Alademure of Ibokun, Oba Festus Kayode Awogboro, encouraged Governor Adegboyega Oyetola not to allow anything to distract him from the good works his Administration has been doing since inception.
Oba Awogboro also urged the Governor not to allow political tradusers and power-hungry individuals to deter him from his commitment to taking the State to the promised land, saying he has been chosen by God.
He said: “You were here in 2018 to seek for our support and we thank God that you didn’t disappoint us. You have matched up with our expectations in all ramifications. We thank you for all you have done to keep the State safe and to ensure smooth sailing of the ship of the State.
“We are not ingrates, we are grateful to you. We thank you for all you are doing, particularly your keen interest and passion about our welfare and well-being. Indeed, your Adminstration is taking good care of us.
“We thank you for appointing good people for us. They have provided good representatation and quality leadership. In fact, they are very responsible. Your modest achievements are there to speak for you.
“We have seen Omoluabi in you and your team, and this is a pointer to the fact that you have wisdom to govern and rule us. Don’t allow intimidation to deter you. Nobody can serve as an obstacle in your way. God has made it possible for you. By the grace of God, the coast is clear and you will be re-elected.”
Speaking in his palace, Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa, Oba Moses Oluwafemi Agunsoye, appreciated the Governor for his prompt response to issues, particularly things that concern the people of his domain.
Oba Agunsoye, who disclosed that the traditional rulers in the Local Government were solidly behind the Governor, said, “We will not disappoint you because you didn’t disappoint us.
“You have done well. You are a listening Governor. There has been a remarkable improvement in all sectors of the economy, particularly in the area of security in our domains.
“We thank you for giving us purposeful leadership. We are proud of you and we will continue to support you. You are governing Osun as expected and we pray God to continue to grant you all your heart desires”, he added.
Other traditional rulers in attendance who spoke in turns pledged their loyalty and support for the Governor, saying the forthcoming governorship election will be a great thing for him as he will be massively re-elected to serve the State for another four years.
Earlier, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Prince Gboyega Famodun urged the party loyalists to get prepared for the February 19th governorship primary election and work in unison to ensure the emergence of Governor Oyetola.
He said the party has put in place workable mechanism to ensure a hitch-free process before, during and after the election.
While addressing the traditional rulers and APC members during the tour, Governor Oyetola expressed gratitude to the royal fathers and sympathisers of the party for the firmness and resilience.
Oyetola, while receiving the ‘sword’ from the leadership and members of Oriade Local Government, said, “I am confident in the efficacy of sword and what it symbolises as an object of victory, triumph, conquest and success.”
He urged the party loyalists to begin to spread the gospel of good works of the Administration and mobilise electorate to support and vote for the ruling party.