I’ll not interfere in new Olowo selection –Akeredolu
By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has declared that he would not interfere in the selection of a new Olowo.
Akeredolu, an indigene of the town however assured that he would support the selection and ratification of the new monarch when the process is on.
The Governor implored the people to consider the peace and progress of the town above any interest any time the selection process begins.
Akeredolu gave the advice at the Easter Sunday Service held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Imola, Owo.
He emphasised that it is only God that enthrones a leader; hence the people of the kingdom should remain peaceful and avoid anything that can cause crisis in the town.
On Easter celebration, the governor described the occasion as unique and special one in the lives of Christian faithful, saying that without the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ all what Christians have laboured for would have been in vain.
Akeredolu who also stressed the importance of Thanksgiving, admonished christians to always appreciate God for his goodness in their lives.
Earlier, delivering his Easter sermon entitled, “Resurrection, the foundation of the Christian faith”, the Diocesan Bishop of the Cathedral , the Rt. Rev. (Dr) Stephen Fagbemi, said if Jesus had not resurrected christian faith would have been in vain.
Bishop Fagbemi equally advised the people of the state and Nigeria at large to always pray for those in positions of authority including the state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and President Muhammadu Buhari so that the state and Nigeria would be better for all.
He specifically the governor for what he is doing in the state, particularly in the area of road infrastructure, urging the people to continue to pray for him and as well give him the necessary support to succeed.
On the resurrection of Jesus Christ he emphasised that not only did Jesus died and resurrected but he showed himself to people to confirm that he was still alive and establish what was written about him.
The Diocesan Bishop added that Easter period is a time of sober reflection, noting that Jesus resurrection was real and had brought peace and everlasting joy to all
While saying that death is not the end of everything, the Bishop admonished believers to have hope that even after death they would live again.
According to him, by his death he has conquered death and by his resurrection he has given us everlasting life.
He also used the occasion to commiserate with the people of Owo kingdom and Ondo State over the demise of Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.
In their separate remarks, state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye, SAN, and Chief Rotimi Ibidapo, enjoined Christians rededicate themselves and love one another.
Other dignitaries at the Easter Sunday Service included, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; state chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin, among others.