Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has endorsed the presidential bid of Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu visited the monarch at his palace last Sunday where he met other traditional rulers to seek their blessing for his presidential bid.
Speaking at the meeting, the monarch said he sought the support of “the ancestors of Yorubaland” to help Tinubu become president.
“If I check my list now, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the first presidential aspirant to visit me,” Adeyemi said.
“All you the chiefs and traditional rulers, you have heard what our visitor said.
“He said our prayers are needed. All the ancestors in Yorubaland, get up and assist your son.
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Speaking earlier, the former governor said he cannot become president without the support of the monarch.
“I am happy to see you. You have done 51st anniversary on the throne and you are still looking fine. We thank you as you are leading us and caring for us,” Tinubu said.
“I thank all of you, leaders from other parts of the state. I thank you, the Oyomesi and other traditional leaders. May you never betray our father. I also thank you, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu.
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“If you read Bishop Ladigbolu’s book, he didn’t only speak about June 12, but he spoke louder about MKO Abiola. He spoke and the world listened,” he said.
“We are still using the wisdom you taught us. We are still applying the same wisdom you gave us and that is what brought us to where we are today.
“We can’t void it. We came together to form a government and that is what we are still doing today. We have not regretted this government.
“All I came for today is to seek for your blessing, cooperation and prayers for me to become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”