Osun Traditional Rulers Dissociate Selves From President Jonathan’s Endorsement

Ooni of Ife directed some traditional rulers  to point their beaded walking sticks at Jonathan in prayers for his success in the election.
Some traditional rulers in Osun State yesterday [Mar. 24] dissociated themselves from the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the preferred candidate for the Saturday presidential election, Daily Trust reports.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, had endorsed Jonathan in his palace and directed some other traditional rulers in Osun to point their beaded walking sticks at Jonathan in prayers for his success in the election.

In a communiqué signed by the traditional rulers after their meeting at the palace of Akirun of Ikirun, they faulted their colleagues in the state who endorsed Jonathan at Ife.

The traditional rulers who attended the meeting and signed the communiqué include Oba Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abioye Oyebode Oluronke, the Olukuku of Okuku, Oba Joseph Oladunjoye Fasikun, the Olunisa of Inisa, Oba Olayiwola Olawale Adedeji, the Akirun of Ikirun and Oba Rauf Adebayo Olaniyan, the Elende of Eko-Ende.

Others are Oba Kelani Adekeye Oyedare, Oloyan of Oyan, Oba Isaac Adetoyi Adetunlurese, the Onirun of Oke-Irun, Oba Yusuf Omoloye Oyagbodun, the Elerin of Erin Osun and Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, the Timi of Ede.
They said the endorsement of President Jonathan in Ife was generating ripple among their subjects. The traditional rulers said they were embarrassed when some of their subjects demanded for their own share from the hard currency allegedly doled out by the president at Ife.

The communiqué said:
The general impression is that all traditional rulers in Osun State, without exception, were involved. Consequently, our subjects have been accusing us, demanding our explanation for engaging in such act. Some of them (our subjects) have also demanded for their own share of the money we collected.
This is no doubt an embarrassing situation to us. For this reason, we have decided to make it clear to the public that not all traditional rulers in Osun were involved in the act”.











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