IT was a rain of prayer at Ayinke Tower, Coca-Cola Area Osogbo, Osun State capital on Sunday, as Oranmiyan Group members across the length and breadth of the state held a marathon interdenominational prayer session for the victory of the of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the state, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola at the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Both the Islamic and Christian clerics gathered at the venue of the prayer to seek God’s intervention over what they called the stolen mandate.
The Islamic version of the marathon prayer session was led by Alfa Musiliudeen Mustapha (Boro) and Alfa Salaudeen Taofik, while the Christian version was led by Mrs Folorunso Funke.
In their sermon at the prayer session, the Islamic clerics assured Oranmiyan members, led by Pa Alao Ayesoro that the prayer had already been answered, saying that their focus would soon become visible.
In their separate sermons, the clerics called on the group members not to doubt the prayers, urging them not to stop praying, until the stolen mandate is finally retrieved through the appellate court. Salaudeen, who said that Aregbesola is a God-sent servant to Osun State, recalled how the AC candidate has always been cheered by old and young of the state, whenever he visits the state for one reason or the other.
The cleric then warned the group members against what he described, as somebody, who has a Gold, but left it in an open place and started dancing around over what he has. Eventually, another person got to where the said gold was dropped and went away with it, urging the group members not to start rejoicing yet, but rather continue with prayers until their mandate is retrieved.
Speaking after the prayer session, the chairman, Oranmiyan Elders Forum, Oke-Ijetu, Alhaji Sule Akala rekindled the hopes of the group members, assuring them that in no distance time, the mandate would be reclaimed.
The chairman, who informed the group of the weighty evidences before the appellate court, said that the evidences would speak volumes on the case.
He then called on the group members not to relent in prayers until the stolen mandate is reclaimed.
Also speaking, the group chairman, Pa Ayesoro rekindled the hopes of members that the mandate allegedly stolen for the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola through the April 14, 2007 governorship election, would soon be retrieved.
He then lauded members for remaining firm and steadfast since the beginning of the struggle, despite the humiliation and harassment by the people at the corridor of power in the state, just as he urged them not to relent in their active participation in the struggle, either through prayers or any other legal way.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED