Osun Monarchs Distance Selves From Jonathan’s Endorsement; Say Ooni, Others’ Action Embarrassing

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

The recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid by some traditional rulers in Osun state has apparently generated division in the traditional institution in the state.

The presidential candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 28 election had met with some traditional rulers in the state on Saturday, 14th March, 2015 at the palace of Ooni of Ife, Obe Okunade Sijuade where he was purportedly anointed for another four years in office.

But the development, the learnt, has divided the traditional rulers in the state as some monarchs distanced themselves from the purported endorsement describing it as embarrassing to the traditional institution.

Briefing newsmen shortly after meeting at the palace of Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Abdulrauf Olayiwola Olawale Adedeji, the apparently aggrieved rulers also criticized the rain of dollar on some traditional rulers that attended the visit of the President Jonathan at Ooni’s palace.

They however called on the people of the state to ignore the endorsement and cast their votes according to their conscience and not on the consideration of monetary graft.

The traditional rulers among whom are: the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal; Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Olayiwola Olawale Adedeji; Olokuku of Okuku, Oba Abioye Oyebode Oluronke II; Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Ayotunde Olabomi; Olunisa of Inisa, Oba Joseph Oladunjoye Fasikun II; Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Rauf Adebayo Olaniyan; Oloyan of Oyan, Oba Kelani Adekeye Oyedare; Onirun of Oke-Irun, Oba Isaac Adetoyi Adetunlurese; Elerin of Erin-Osun, Oba Yusuf Omoloye Oyagbodun; among others said that the process by which monarchs pointed their beaded walking sticks at President Jonathan to pray for him negated the traditional institution in Yorubaland.

“It was also alleged that in the process, huge amount of hard currency was doled out to the traditional rulers. This has become the general talk in the public domain that all the traditional rulers in the state without exception were involved in such prayers.

“Consequently, our subjects have been accosting us, demanding our explanation for engaging in such acts. Some of our subjects have also demanded for their share of money that was collected. No doubt this is an embarrassing situation to us,” the monarchs said.

The monarchs however maintained that their main concern is good governance noting that they will support any government that will bring life more abundant to the people adding that “it is therefore our wish and prayer that whoever emerges as the winner will be the one that will bring life more more abundant to our people.

They therefore reiterated their call on all the people of the state to vote according to their conscience and not on consideration of monetary graft.

The monarchs also appealed to politicians to play the game according to the rule devoid of violence and any other forms of fouls play.

The traditional rulers further appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement agents to ensure a level playing ground for all candidates.

They warned law enforcement agencies against unwarranted arrest and harassment that may lead to disenfranchising anybody from exercising his or her fundamental human right of participating in the election.

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