Osogbo — Sixteen Traditional High Chiefs in Ife land have canvassed for the endorsement of Senator Iyiola Omisore, the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation as the unanimous candidate for the governorship race in the state next year.
The traditional chiefs in a letter jointly signed and addressed to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, who is also the chairman of Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers stressed that Omisore possessed the wherewithal to govern the state after Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
In the letter titled, "Selection of Gubernatorial Candidate for May 2011 Transition Election in Osun State" and dated January 25, 2010, the traditional high chiefs in Ife land endorsed Omisore as the unanimous candidate for the position.
The chiefs said in the letter that they based their decision on the comprehensive deliberations, which they held on the need to present a formidable candidate from Ile-Ife for the 2011 governorship race.
Those that signed the letter, copy of which was made available to Daily Independent are Oba S.F .Omisakin, the Obalufe of Ife; Oba J.A.Ijaodola, Lowa Adimula of Ife; Oba Y.A Elugbaju, Obajio of Ife; Oba C.O Awoyefa, Jaran of Ife; Oba Saka Olawusi, Obaloran of Ife; Oba Oluwafemi Faloba, the Agoro of Ife and 10 others.
According to the letter, "As you assigned, sequel to much deliberation to pick one of the six Ife indigenes that could be presented to run the 2011 gubernatorial election in Osun State of Nigeria, we the 16 Ife traditional high chiefs, four Obas inclusive have unanimously opted for the distinguished Senator Iyiola Omisore".
Among the reasons adduced for the adoption of Omisore include his "incompatible exclusive popularity in Osun State and all over the whole six geo-political zones in Nigeria as well as his "political wherewithal, administrative acumen and hard earned experience during his tenure as a deputy governor in 1999 to 2003 and designed incarceration immediately after.
"Senator Iyiola Omisore has demonstrated his political potentialities in all ramifications of life through hot and cold. He is politically stronger, morally level-headed, socially acceptable and influential. He has a lot of initiatives to face hard times, coupled with both financial and human resources."