‘What Tinubu told Ooni, other monarchs during visit’
Presidential hopeful Senator Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with four leading southwest traditional rulers.
A statement by Ismail Omipidan, the chief press secretary to Osun Governor Gboyega Oyetola, stated that the monarchs endorsed Tinubu’s quest for the presidency in 2023.
“You have done so much for humanity, it is a payback time for Nigerians to elect you,” the statement quoted the traditional rulers to have jointly said.
Tinubu reportedly “commended the traditional rulers for their unflinching cooperation and support for national integration, unity and peaceful cohesion”.
“I thank you all. I specifically thank the traditional rulers here present, I came here to seek for your prayers. I am here for your support and cooperation. You have known my intention already. You have known what I am aspiring for; all I need is your prayers.
“I have been supporting the people here and there. We have moved all over the country for one candidate or the other especially in 2013 where we campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari after his emergence, we equally supported him in 2019.
“As you all know, what we are doing is to succeed him and I want to vie for President. I want to succeed Buhari and I can’t do it alone without your support. I want your continued support.
“It is our belief that once Ooni, Orangun, Awujale, Alake, Owa, among others speak, it becomes ours. With your support, it will come to pass.
“I am determined, I am prepared and I am ready for it,” he quoted Tinubu to have said.
The statement also said the traditional rulers declared their readiness to give Tinubu the needed support.
“You have done so much for humanity to be elected President. You have made so many people in different capacities.
“God has blessed you and you have used every stratum of your opportunity to advance humanity and develop capacity for generations.
“You are our pride. You are our star. You are our moon. You are a rare gem at the moment and we pray God to continue to strengthen you and imbue you with all that will work for you to succeed”, Ooni of Ife reportedly said.
TheCornet reports that Tinubu arrived the Ooni’s palace in Ile-Ife to a rousing welcome by a mammoth crowd of supporters.