The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, on Saturday, demanded a total representation of the South-West in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan and the creation of Oduduwa State with Ile Ife as its headquarters.
The monarch made the requests among others when the president led notable chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, including the National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, on a visit to his palace in Ile Ife, Osun State.
About 50 other traditional rulers from Osun State and environs were also present to receive the president and his entourage.
The Ooni delegated the Orangun of Oke Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, to speak on his behalf. He said, “We want total representation. There are ongoing projects in Osun State and we know there is paucity of fund but we want you to finish all the projects”.
Commending the President, Oba Ibitoye Adeseun, the monarch of Iresi, said the transformation agenda of the administration and the renewed war against Boko Haram insurgents were laudable.
He added, “Ife and Ijesa are large enough to form a state of their own. We want you to create Oduduwa State with its headquarters in Ile Ife. We also seek the implementation of the Confab report. We throw our weight behind you”.
The Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adeyemi Adeniran, assured Jonathan of the support of the royal fathers and the residents of the state in the coming polls.
He said, “Be rest assured that Obas and indigenes of Osun State are solidly behind you”.
The Olufi of Gbongan, Oba Adetoyese Oyeniyi, also told President Jonathan that the Gbongan-Iwo-Oyo State boundary has not been completed but was reported to have been completed.
The Ooni prayed for success for Jonthan in the March 28 presidential poll.
In his response, an elated President Jonathan promised the monarchs that he would correct all the lapses observed by his administration especially the low representation of the south-west people in his government.
In apparent reference to the Speakership position of the House of Representatives, which was originally zoned to the Southwest by the PDP but was eventually lost to the North-West, Jonathan said he would not allow such lapse to repeat itself if given the opportunity to rule the nation for another four years.
“There will be political opportunities for the people in the South-West, we will correct all the lapses. People from the south-west will play key role and whatever is due them will be given”, he assured.
The president also promised to implement the report of the 2014 Confab, saying the restructuring of the nation as contained in the report was more important than building infrastructure which he said his administration would also not relent in doing.
He said, “If you build infrastructure, they will collapse one day. We will continue to build infrastructure but if you make significant changes in restructuring the country, that is a significant and sustainable development”.
Dis man will soon die,u da try yuroba people with ur senseless attitude ba,oky continue,remember dat GMB didn’t gv people money yet crowd carry him like dis,despite dat u gv people billion an million of Naira for campaign yet buhari still carry the massiv,wat I want u to understand is dat is dat GMB dnt hv money but people hv hop on him dat if he has become a president he wil make dis country great due to his previous work back ago and where eva his children ar people will honour dem due to their father good behaviour,even if da come out for any position tomorrow people will still honour dem because of the good blood of there father run on der vain,try an b good to people even if you are not born to be good try and change ur life style because of ur children so dat people can use ur good behaviour to describe ur children.
GEJ, don’t be dicieved. U are a complete gonner!!!
Yeye and empty brain president!
in the name of comments stop raining abuses on the president of this country no matter whom is in power and no matter how bad he may be because you are not potraiting this country well with your act of disrespect and disregards.. Except if you don’t have the hope of becoming great in life in the future. So be careful and mindful of things you say about the president because one day some people will say worst things about you tomorrow….
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Weda u people insult good lock or not GOD HAVE already CHOOSE HIM . Can’t you reason that name you fools . Good lock for live