The Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, says Ijesa people are resolute to return Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for a second term in office.
The monarch said this in his palace Wednesday during Oyetola’s strategic engagement tour of Ijesa-South Federal Constituency.
Aromolaran, who is the traditional ruler of the hometown of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, described Oyetola as a game changer, saying Ijesa people were happy with his modest achievements in the last three years.
Aregbesola, who is Oyetola’s predecessor, is backing a former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti, for Saturday’s primary of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the July 16 governorship election in Osun State.
The monarch commended Oyetola for turning around the socio-economic fortune of the state despite the meagre resources at his disposal.
He also lauded the governor for the sustenance of peace in the state.
He said: “I profess to you that you’re a new governor. I know why I said it. I greet you warmly and welcome you into the palace of Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland. Whoever I tell is a governor will become governor. This is a divine gift.
“This is not a place to talk long. Message has been passed already. We are going to pay you back. As far as Ijesaland is concerned, we don’t have any other person to vote for except you. Thousands of aspirants may come out to contest, but you’re our anointed candidate, and we are ready to vote massively for you.
“Your good works have spoken for you. I commend you for your modest achievements and I’m confident that God will reward you. We’ve seen all you’re doing to transform the state. You’re doing excellently well.
Responding Governor Oyetola urged party loyalists to be wary of those “buying membership slips.”
He expressed confidence in the strength of the party to elect him at the primary and ensure his emergence at the governorship election.