Elders of Osogbo township in Osun state have declared that it is high the capital city produced governor of the state.
The Osogbo council of elders led by Alhaji Hammed Omidiran therefore threw their support behind a governorship aspirant who hails from the town, Prof. Adeolu Durotoye to govern the state after the September 22 governorship election.
They stated this during a courtesy visit to the country home of Asiwaju of OSOGBO Land Alhaji Hammed Omidiran, while pledging an unwavering support to any party that fields an OSOGBO indigene, the elders pledged to support Prof. Adeolu Durotoye as their next Governor of Osun State when he emerges as the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
They stated among others that, Osogbo has long been sidelined when its come to leadership roles right from the days of the Old OYO State. In times past, OSOGBO town had supported other towns to produce Governors in the Old OYO State, even now in Osun State that OSOGBO is the state capital, other towns have benefited from OSOGBO’s support with votes during elections. Examples include, Otunba Isiaka Adeleke from Ede 1992, Chief Bisi Akande 1999, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola 2003 and Mr Rauf Aregbesola 2014.
The roles that OSOGBO plays in Osun State cannot be over emphasized, the Town which doubles as the state capital, currently has the highest population in the state. OSOGBO generates the highest IGR in Osun State, among so many other things.
The elders and indigenes of Osogbo Kingdom now feels that the town is better positioned to have her indigene rule Osun State. Present at the meeting was the President OSOGBO Elders Council in person of Hammed Omidiran, High Chief Dejo Babalola, the Vice President. Other members include, Comrade Hassan Sumonu, Alhaji Oreofero and Baba Adeleke. The elders have thrown their weights behind Prof. Adeolu Durotoye and have pledged the support of OSOGBO Town to Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, if PDP presents him as its Gubernatorial candidate of Osun 2018 election. The elders retairated that, Deputy Governorship slot is not what they want, the most important important thing to them is to have their Son become Governor at this point in time.
Finally, they expressed confidence in Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, they said he’s credible, he’s without blemish, young, vibrant and resourceful. And that, he (Prof Adeolu Durotoye) will deliver on his campaign promises by the grace of God.