Traditional rulers in Ondo State have appealed to politicians in the state to focus on praying for the quick recovery of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, rather than exploiting his absence for political gain. The Chairman of the State Council of Obas, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, led a prayer session in Akure, the state capital, where monarchs from across the state gathered.
Oba Aladelusi expressed his disapproval of the unnecessary uproar caused by individuals seeking to settle political issues during the governor’s absence. He urged politicians to refrain from creating unnecessary tension and potential upheaval in the state. Instead, he called for unity and collective prayers for the governor and the well-being of the state.
The prayer session, held at the cocoa conference hall of the Governor’s office, saw the attendance of traditional rulers from various domains. The Christian prayer was led by the Olujigba of Ijigba, Akure, Oba (Rev’d.) Luyi Rotimi, who prayed for Governor Akeredolu’s speedy recovery to continue his good work. Quoting scriptures, he emphasized examples of divine healing and urged faith in God’s intervention.
The Abodi of Ikale, Oba G.B Faduyile, led the traditional rulers in offering traditional prayers for Governor Akeredolu, whom he described as a pride to Ondo State and the country at large. Islamic prayers were also led by the Imam of Gaga Community, Alhaji Yusuf Agbesinga, representing the Chief Imam of Akure, for the governor and the state’s welfare.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure, Adeyeye Michael, stated that the collective prayer session was a result of individual prayers held by the monarchs in their respective domains.
Oba Aladetoyinbo praised Governor Akeredolu as a fearless leader who has made significant contributions to the state’s security and infrastructure. He emphasized the importance of prayers at this critical time to support the governor’s ongoing efforts for the state and Nigeria.
In a separate development, the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ade Adetimehin, reassured the public that the party is not polarized. Adetimehin, in a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, emphasized the unity and shared goals of Governor Akeredolu and his deputy in working towards the state’s development. He expressed gratitude for the prayers offered by people of faith, highlighting their contribution to the party’s electoral successes and urging them to prioritize the country’s interests over personal gains.