IT was a marathon of prayer for Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola as a group of people under the umbrella of Emmanuel Bankole Laoye Forum (EBL) organized on inter-denominational prayer for the victory of the AC touch-bearer on his legal battle at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.
EBL, a group under the ambit of the AC in Ede, area of Osun State, rekindled its hope on the victory of Aregbesola at the court, maintaining that, what happened in Ondo and Edo states would soon occur in Osun state.
Islamic clerics and pastors, who were party supporters and non-party supporters, were invited by the group to call for God’s intervention on the legal battle, basically for the retrieval of “Aregbesola’s stolen mandate.”
Led by an Islamic cleric, Imam Abdul-Rauf Adenle (Jebe) both members, and non-members of the EBL, who gathered at Ede Town Hall to form a congregation, unanimously prayed for the protection of Aregbesola and members of the party throughout the state.
Reciting different verses of the Holy Bible, the two pastors that graced the event, Pastors Kolawole Laoye and Awoniyi, reiterated their belief in God on the victory of the AC flag-bearer at the appellate court, describing him (Aregbesola) as the Messiah for the people of the state.
The founder of the Forum (EBL), Chief Emmanuel Bankole Laoye, who is a member of the AC, saluted the courage of the party members for remaining steadfast despite the victimization from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Laoye encouraged the party members and supporters to be their brother’s keepers, adding that prayer for Aregbesola’s victory should be the priority of every opposition party members in the state.
According to Laoye: “The Forum was formed to reach out and encourage those people who are jobless and helpless, not to give up because we believe there is a brighter future for Nigeria and our youths are our future. That is why we need to encourage them that things would be better,” said Laoye.
He lamented the PDP-led administration in the state, describing it as a disaster to the masses. “I am not happy with the administration of the PDP because I know they can do better. It is an opportunity for everybody to serve as a leader and when you are called to serve, you have to serve with the fear of God.
“I have not seen anything that shows the present administration has the fear of the lord.
“When someone becomes governor, he is a not governor of the party that produced him as a candidate. He is a governor of the whole people in the state, the father of all, irrespective of political affiliations.
“I am not happy with the way the PDP is managing the affairs of the state, because all they know is the self-interest of their party members to the detriment of the masses” he lamented.
Speaking after the prayer session, the state Coordinator of Ultimate Group, Pharmacist Israel Oyagbile, enjoined the people not to be deceived by the PDP, whom he (Oyagbile) said misinform the public on the outcome of the last proceedings of the Court of Appeal.
According to Oyagbile, Aregbesola’s case remained intact and valid, revealing that all the needed evidences to prove the claimed irregularities in the last governorship election had been admitted by the appellate court as against the lies of the PDP.
By ISMAIL USMAN