The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has implored the European Union Election observers to remain neutral during tomorrow’s governorship election in Osun state Governorship election.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is the Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers Of Nigeria stated this on Friday at his Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife when European Union Election Observers led by European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Katil Karlsen paid him a visit.
“I want to specifically commend the European Union Team by deeming it fit to come to the State of Osun to observe tomorrow’s Governorship election.
I appreciate your input and support towards deepening our democracy because you are committed to good governance which is the essence of a sane society.
If you can reminiscence, you will know that the democracy you are enjoying in your different countries today was not smooth when it started. because you also had challenges but today, you’ve overcome.
Therefore, whatever lapses found inherent in our nascent democracy will soon be a thing of the past. Ooni said.
He added “Nigeria must get it right because we are the centre piece of Africa and once we get it right; surely, the entire Africa countries will get it right as well.”
“One of every four black men you see is a Nigerian. God wonderfully blessed us because we are most populous black nation on planet earth.”
“As European Union Observers, please write what you see, don’t favour any candidate, surely, a winner must emerge and there must be a loser. I urge the candidates to be magnanimous in victory and be a gallant losers.
The African foremost monarch also admonished the traditional rulers in the state to remain unbias as fathers for all
“Traditional Rulers don’t play politics but we are father’s to all political actors irrespective of where the hail from.
Corruption cannot be fought in isolation, for it to be effectively tackle, all hands must be on decks”
He however urged European Union to work directly with the government at the centre on how to help repartriate our stolen wealth.”
While speaking, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Katil Karlsen said,
“I’m highly impressed with the rich culture of traditional display by all here. We are all descendants of Africa and we knows we migrated from Ile-Ife.
“Your highness, we are here to observe tomorrow’s election, what we want is just free, fair and credible election that will make the state a shinning example.
We appreciate the role you played by sound peace warning to all aspirants because peace is the most cherished commodity we cannot overlook.” He said.
The Envoy concluded by describing Osun State Governorship Election as a germaine pointer to the general election coming up in 2019.
On the entourage of the European Union Ambassador are: Tarel Charlie, Acting Italian Ambassador to Nigeria; Ida Hockerfelt of Sweden; Otto Stenosis of Finland Embassy; Jacob Jacob Silen of Denmark Embassy.
Earlier, Mr. Larry Ekundayo, an International boxer appreciated Ooni Ogunwusi for the honoure done him in 2017 in London.
“In 2017 in London, I was privilege to meet with my father the Ooni in London, he asked me what I wanted and I told him that I wanted to be a world champion, Ooni prayed for me, won my International boxing federation bout and today, I’m number fifteen in boxing hierarchy in the world.” Ekundayo said.