SHOUTS of “amen” filtered the ancient town of Erin-Osun in Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State on Sunday, as Action Congress (AC) members in the town held a marathon inter-denominational prayer session for the victory of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola over his legal tussle with the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola at the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The prayer session recorded the attendance of Islamic and Christian clerics and mammoth crowd of AC members and sympathizers in the town comprising of wards 7,8,9,10 and 11 of the council area.
The Islamic version of the prayer, which was led by Alhaji Sulaimon Oyetade witnessed the recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran, while the Christian version was, led by Pastor Ayokunmi Esupofo, also witnessed the recitation of verses of the Holy Bible.
In his sermon, the leader of the Islamic clerics relayed the history of ‘Namurusu’ who waged war against Prophet Ibrahim and dumped him into fire.
Oyelade recalled that when Prophet Ibrahim was dumped into the fire, the fire turned around and became cool, a situation that demonstrated the incomparable power of “God over evil-doers”.
He stated that the power that is being used by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in the state to harass, humiliate and steal peoples’ mandate, could not be compared with that of Namurusu which God suppressed.
He then prayed for the retrieval of the stolen mandate, just as he also prayed for every AC member in the town to witness a new dawn, after the stolen mandate might have been retrieved.
Briefing the party members over the verdict of the Court of Appeal, which nullified the controversial December 15, 2007 local government council election, one of the AC counsel in the state, Barrister Kolapo Alimi, said that the chairmen and councillors knew from the onset that they would fail at the appellate court.
This, according to him, was displayed as the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) counsel immediately filed an already prepared application for a stay of execution.
He then assured the party members not to panic, saying that the stolen mandate would soon be retrieved by the appellate court.
In his own contribution, the party leader in the area, Chief O.B. Ibiyemi rekindled the hopes of the party supporters over the stolen mandate, saying that in no distant date, the mandate would be retrieved.
He then described the PDP as a party that houses devilish individuals.
Ibiyemi therefore urged the AC supporters not to panic, as he admonisheds them to continue praying for the retrieval of the stolen mandate.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED