OSUN POLL: Kehinde outlines programmes as he visits Ataoja
By Ayo Ademokoya
The Palace of Ataoja of Oshogbo was agog yesterday when His Royal Majesty, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun received Mr. Femi Kehinde, a governorship aspirant on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, AD, who paid him a courtesy visit.
The AD team led by Oyo State House of Assembly Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ademola Ige was received at the Ataoja Palace where Kehinde informed the monarch about his ambition.
Kehinde used the opportunity to explain the cardinal points his government would focus on if elected.
He said:”If not for the bravery of your forefathers together with the Ibadan warlord, the Fulanis would have conquered Yorubaland from Oshogbo, and this is why Oshogbo remains so dear to my heart.’’
In his response, the monarch, could not hide his admiration for the gubernatorial aspirant for bringing out facts about his forefathers’ gallantry at preventing the Yoruba race from the intrusions of the Fulani.
He said:”I want to tell your team to carefully weigh all the promises you have made here today because very soon you will account for every word you utter here. If God makes you the governor of the state eventually, it is apparent that both of us will be living here in Oshogbo. That is why I need to be very careful about the decision I make eventually. I have never granted audience to any aspirant. I have three sons of the land that are eyeing the same post, yet, I haven’t granted any of them an audience, but yours came with a divine sign this afternoon.
“I’m very impressed with what you have said on tourism, Agriculture and choosing at least three Obas from the senatorial districts her in Osun to be part of your government as non-portfolio member of the state executive, it gladdens my heart because you are treading the path of the like of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“On tourism, I’m glad you identified the potentials of Osun state in the area of tourism and one of them is Osun Osogbo festival which is a partnership between the Ataoja of Osogbo and the state government. Osun Osogbo is my means of livelihood and I know how much sponsors bring in to the state but why should I receive just a little percentage of the proceed from the state government knowing fully well that this is what I use in taking care of the palace. I implore you to look into this and improve on it”.