By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In what appeared like a drama, over 60 traditional rulers in Osun state on Saturday, 7th March, 2015 gathered round President Goodluck Jonathan while they pointed their staffs of office at him in prayer against any failure at the March 28 presidential poll.
Led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, the traditional rulers declared their support for President Jonathan in his second term bid insisting that he (Jonathan) must not lose the race.
President Jonathan was on a “Thank You” visit to Ooni’s palace and the palace of Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran in Ilesa.
To show how resolute they were in their supports, the monarchs resorted to prayers as they surrounded President Jonathan, pointed their royal staffs, which are symbols of authority at him and started praying for his victory in their local parlance.
The prayer lasted for two minutes before President Jonathan resumed his seat beside the Ooni at his palace.
The Ooni of Ife, who had instructed his fellow traditional rulers to pray against failure for Jonathan in his race assured the president of victory.
According to Oba Okunade, Jonathan would coast to victory come March 28 because prayers of Obas would surely be answered by God.
The traditional ruler said: “you (Jonathan) will win the race by the grace of God. You will take your seat. Mr President, you must not fail.”
Speaking, President Jonathan who was accompanied by the National Chairman of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu; Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko; among others expressed appreciation top the monarchs.
President Jonathan said the reports of the National Conference of last year would be implemented as a means of moving the country forward.
He said “when others are talking of change, we are talking of moving Nigeria forward and all lapses will be taken care of. The southwest is not for change in anyway.”
Speaking earlier, the Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin urged the presidnet to complete all the abandoned feferal projects in Osun state urging him not to forget the state if re-elected.