By Adekola Afolabi
Traditional rulers in Owo and Ose Local Government Areas of Ondo state have unanimously endorsed Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for a second term in office.
The monarchs including Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi (JP), and other royal fathers in the two council areas equally gave governor Akeredolu their royal blessings for outstanding successes in his second term journey.
The royal fathers unanimously endorsed the Governor for another term during a meeting with the Governor at the Palace of Olowo few days after submitting the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the October 10, 2020 governorship election at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.
The monarchs hinged their unanimously decision to support the re-election bid of the Governor on his various achievements in all sectors across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, saying that the Governor has done very well.
Other royal fathers at the meeting were Olute of Ute, Oba Oluwole Akinrogba; Oludogun of Idogun, Oba Moses Bakare; Olumoru of Imoru, Oba Rotimi Obamuwagun; Oniyere of Iyere, Oba Omotunde Alaba Adako; Asuada of Isuada, Oba Oluwafemi Adeluwoye; Oloba of Uso, Oba Ademola Adebiyi Oyinlade; Elemure of Emure, Oba Simeon Adedubaje Adeyefa and Olupene-elect, Prince Ebenezer Ogunmolasuyi.
In their separate responses, they specifically applauded governor Akeredolu for his aggressive infrastructural and industrial drives, noting that many abandoned roads across their various domains have been reconstructed and rehabilitated by Akeredolu led administration, apart from many other achievements in health, education, agriculture and others.
According to them, the Governor has performed excellently well in the last three and a half years and deserves the support of the traditional rulers as well as the people of Owo and Ose, saying if given another chance he would do more to further develop the state and the people at large.
They expressed confidence that governor Akeredolu’s second term is a done deal, saying that the two local governments are one and would use their block votes to appreciate the Governor for his various achievements in their domains.
The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye revealed that the people of Owo and Ose have benefitted immensely from the good governance provided by Governor Akeredolu, hence the need to give him the needed support to do more.
The monarch who said all the royal fathers are solidly behind the Governor for another term, also appealed to the people of the state to support the Governor for a second term to continue his good works in health, road construction, industrial development, building of schools and other sectors.
Also, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi (JP) emphasised that all the monarchs have agreed not to welcome any other person in their domains apart from governor Akeredolu because of the various development he has brought to the two local governments areas.
According to monarch, all traditional rulers in Owo and Ose must be bold enough to ask whoever comes to seek their support that what else do they have in stock for the people, saying “we have to tell them the naked truth.”
He said on his part, he had already told all those vying for governorship position in Owo to go and get a letter from Governor Akeredolu before they can be welcome into his Palace.
Earlier, Governor Akeredolu told the royal fathers that he was at the Palace to formally inform them about his decision to run for another term and to also get their royal blessings for outstanding successes at the governorship poll.
The Governor who appreciated the monarchs for their unalloyed support, equally explained that he has done so much in the past 3 years and he is more than ready and prepared to do more for the progress and development of the people and the state.
“We have started another journey and we are convinced that the moment we left Abuja we should come here. We are duty bound to come here first and tell you Kabiyesis, and get your royal blessings for the second journey which we are about to start. This is my root.
“You are the Owo and Ose, and you are the ones to decide where Owo and Ose are going. Not everyone will be like Aketi. Most Governors don’t continue with the work of their predecessors. But, I continued and finished the work of my predecessor and I acknowledged him. Let me finish the job we have started in our state”, the Governor stressed.
Highlights of the event were royal blessings and presentation of Governor Akeredolu to the people of Owo and Ose for their second term endorsement.