Lagos — The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, and other notable traditional rulers in Ife area of Osun State, have endorsed the candidature of the immediate past secretary to the Osun State Government, Fatai Akinade Akinbade, as the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2011 polls.
The monarchs include Ogusua of Modakeke, Oba Francis Adedoyin, the Apetu of Ipetumodu, Oba James Adegoke, Akunraledoye II, the Salu of Edunabon, Oba Elijah Omoloye Oyelade and the Olumoro of Moro, Oba (Dr.) Abidoye Oyeniyi.
Ooni described Akinbade as "the Omolojuoba of the Source", saying he is "a humble, respectful and humane individual whose tenure as the governor would be enjoyed by all".
While endorsing his candidature, Sijuwade prayed for his success at the polls, describing him as a politician who did not believe in politics of bitterness, admonishing that, "all we can advice is to call on other aspirants to emulate him."
Earlier, Akinbade had told the Ooni that he was in Ife to sensitise his supporters on the coming party's primary and at the same to inaugurate local chapter of his campaign organisation and felt the need to pay homage to the monarch. The aspirant, who described the Ooni as the rallying point, assured the people of Ife that he would give to them whatever was due to them when he assumes power.
Akinbade had in his separate remarks to the monarchs, assured them that as an individual with traditional closeness to the grassroots, he would work assiduously to improve on the inflexion of the present administration, with a view to further taking it to greater heights. He however implored party members across the state to get more informed with the requirements of the party congress so as not to be short - charged during the primaries.