By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Some Yoruba people in the southwest zone of the country have expressed their unflinching support for President Goodluck Jonathan in his re-election bid urging him to help them recover their political and social values.
This resolve was reached on Friday, 28th November, 2014 at the Yoruba Unity Summit organised by the Committee on Yoruba Progress, Southwest held at the Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The summit which was attended by President Jonathan; the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Adamu Muazu; as well as foremost traditional rulers and leaders of the Yoruba race unanimously bestowed its mandate on President Jonathan in the 2015 general election.
Speaking at the event, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade; who led other traditional rulers in the southwest noted that the Yorubas were in the forefront of the country’s polity until the spirit of greed crept into the tribe thus causing her political “misfortunes.”
“How did we come to this? The Yoruba were in the forefront. We must remind ourselves that some of these woes are self inflicted and we have never even believed that we could always talk to ourselves on these lapses and how rectification could be achieved in a situation where our sons and daughters would see themselves as coming from one big family and conquer the spirit of greed.”
The traditional ruler who said that various projects have been abandoned by the Jonathan administration in the southwest beckoned on him to see to their completion.
Oba Sijuade however reiterated the Yoruba’s commitment to seeing that President Jonathan wins next year’s election in order to help in re-shaping the geo-political zone.
Speaking, President Jonathan expressed appreciation at the endorsement saying that “the Yoruba continue to be at the edge and has contributed to the building blocks that form the Nigeria edifice.”
President Jonathan promised to implement the recommendations of the concluded National Conference saying there was no way the southwest would be left behind.
Among dignitaries that graced the event were: the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; the PDP governorship candidate in the last governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; members of the National Assembly among other notable leaders that are of Yoruba race.