– Falae, Arogbofa, Akorede, others pray for Governor’s success in leading Ondo State
Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Wednesday paid a visit to the elder statesman, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, and leaders of the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, during which he lauded their contributions to the development of the State and Nigeria.
Accompanied by top government officials and aides, the Governor said the visit was partly to pay homage to the elders and leaders to thank them for the fatherly role they played in restoring peace during the political crisis in the State.
He said: “I extend my heartfelt greetings to Chief Reuben Fasoranti and the distinguished elders present. Your wisdom and guidance have been invaluable to our State’s stability. In the past, during challenging times, your intervention, particularly the letter you wrote to President Bola Tinubu advocating constitutional adherence, restored peace to our state. Your counsel has been instrumental.”
Governor Aiyedatiwa also conveyed to the elders the news of the passing of the former Governor of the State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, promising to give him a befitting burial and continue with all his ongoing developmental projects and programmes.
The Governor reiterated his dedication to serving the people of Ondo State while upholding the late Governor’s legacy, seeking the support of the elders in the tasks ahead.
During the visit, Oba Olu Falae, the Oluabo of Ilu Abo, highlighted the urgency of preserving the Yoruba language from the brink of extinction, urging the Governor to join his colleagues in the south west to implement policies that will protect and preserve the Yoruba language.
He commended Ondo State’s history of leadership in positive initiatives, including the establishment of the Amotekun security outfit aimed at securing lives and property within the region. He also urged the Governor to consider some new road projects in the State, especially in rural areas.
Also, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa extended condolences to Governor Aiyedatiwa during the visit. He emphasized the need for immense goodwill for success and pledged their support, highlighting the elders’ commitment to the welfare of the people of the State.
Recounting the historical precedence set during the days of Ajasin’s administration, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa urged Governor Aiyedatiwa to leave a lasting mark on the State, adding: “You are in charge now, take charge. Never forget those who stood by you during challenging times.”
Chief Reuben Fasoranti, on his part, conveyed the support and goodwill of the elders and offered a prayer for Governor Aiyedatiwa’s leadership. “May divine guidance and wisdom accompany you in this significant phase of leadership. I pray for success and prosperity in your administration,” Chief Fasoranti prayed.
Governor Aiyedatiwa received the prayers with gratitude, expressing appreciation for the support and blessings bestowed upon him, promising to always seek the counsel of the elders in leading the State forward.