Written by on July 24, 2023

• Raises reconciliation panel to foster unity among stakeholders

Following a clash between Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke and former spokesperson for the Senate, Ajibola Basiru, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has vowed to be apolitical, embrace all political gladiators from different political parties and end rancour among stakeholders.

The monarch has raised a reconciliation panel to appease aggrieved indigenes and politicians of Osogbo town, to foster development in the capital of Osun State.

Eagle FM recalled that there was a clash between Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Basiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at Osogbo Eid praying ground over sitting arrangements, after one of the allies of Oba Olanipekun had a face-off with the latter on Eid-el-Kabir day.

There had been animosity against Oba Olanipekun for opposing the re-election of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, supporting Adeleke and also anointing Olubiyi Fadeyi of the PDP who is from Ila-Orangun against Senator Basiru from Osogbo for the seat of Osun Central Senatorial District.

Oba Olanipekun, after meeting with the elders, chiefs and religious leaders of Osogbo yesterday at his palace, resolved that a delegate would be raised to go and apologise to Governor Adeleke for the maturity he displayed at the Eid ground.

The positions of the monarch and elders of the community are contained in a communique issued at the end of the meeting, which was signed by Dr. Oluwatoyin Kadiri and Oluwatoyin Yusuf.

They resolved that, “Ataoja of Osogbo will be father to all, irrespective of party affiliation. Elders of Osogbo should as a matter of urgency reach out to various stakeholders regardless of political inclination to patch cracks. Any Osogbo indigene is free to join any political party with a view to bringing development to the community. Ataoja should convene a meeting of political gladiators across political parties, to bring development to Osogbo, among others.”

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