Front row: Chairman Ekiti Traditional Council and Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola (left), Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Oba Sunday Ajiboye (middle) and the Alaaye of Efon Alaaye-Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare
An array of Christian clerics on Monday, 28th April, 2014, converged on the Lady Jibowu Hall, Government House Ground, Ado-Ekiti, southwest Nigeria. Their mission was to pray for the peaceful conduct of the governorship election slated for 21st June, 2014.
They included: the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, who led a team of Christian leaders to intercede for the Land of Honour State, CAC General Evangelist, Prophet Kayode Abiara and others based in the state.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu, led high-ranking political office holders and civil servants.
Explaining the motive behind the gathering, Oba Tejuoso told the congregation that it was God who directed him through a revelation while praying at Ikoyi Prayer Mountain to visit and pray for Ekiti and Osun states to avert bloodshed before, during and after the forthcoming governorship polls in the two southwest states.
According to him, the Ekiti state government responded to a request to organize the prayer session by dispatching the Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters, Evangelist Ade Alofe to invite him.
The monarch, who had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor, later prayed for peace and tranquility to reign in the state during the election, even as he admonished the people not to entertain any fear.
The monarch said God has answered the prayer because the government and people of the state believe God and obey him by offering the prayer without any delay.
His words: “Whoever plans bloodshed in the coming election in Ekiti State will fall victim of his evil plan because God hates bloodshed and detests those who shed innocent blood for whatever reasons.”
He warned those planning to cause mayhem in the election to repent and toe the path of peace or meet their waterloo.
In the closing remarks given by his deputy, Governor Fayemi who thanked the Osile of Oke Ona Egba and other clerics for heeding God’s directive to intercede for Ekiti.
He said God’s directive to the monarch and the men of God to pray for the state was an evidence of God’s love for the peace, progress and development of the state because Ekiti is God’s own land and therefore will not allow any evil to overcome it.
Lacing the Governor’s remark with Psalms 46, verse 10, the Deputy Governor urged the people not to despair as God who gave the directive for the prayer has answered all the prayers offered on behalf of the state.
Other clerics at the session were: Bishops Kayode Willaims and Ayo Faith Sonibare, Dr. Kunle Salami, Pastor Olu Eyebiokin, Ven Deji Alabi and Pastor E.S Olatunji among others.