A monarch from Ondo Central Senatorial District has picked holes in the picture, which seemed to depict the intention of the Council of Obas in the state to endorse Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for a second term in office.
The monarch, who pleaded to remain anonymous, told WESTERN POST that “they (Obas) actually came for a meeting as they usually do on a regular basis. Nobody informed us we were going to endorse the governor until we were told to have a group photograph with the governor.
“It was Ọba Olugbo of Ugbo, Obateru Akinruntan, who said the governor would like to meet us and thereafter, take photographs as well. We were so surprised at the end when the tune changed that we have endorsed him.
“We have our sons also coming out for the governorship position. How would a man with his right senses just puncture the ambition of your subject coming out for the same position? What if the governor should say he is not coming out again for the election, what becomes of us,?” he questioned.
He, however, said the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbedegesin Ajibade Ogunoye, and Olugbo of Ugbo, Obateru Akinruntan, tricked members of the Ondo State Council of Obas into a phantom endorsement of Governor Akeredolu for a second term in office.
The monarchs who were at their regular meeting at the Governor’s Office were asked to take group photographs with the governor after the meeting.
Another source at the meeting confirmed that there was no such discussion during the meeting for the endorsement of Governor Akeredolu who is yet to secure the ticket of his political party for the next governorship election in the state.
The source who is one of the first-class monarchs in the state said Olowo, who is a kinsman of Akeredolu and Olugbo, had planned to railroad other council members into the endorsement of the governor.
The source said it was after the council meeting that Olugbo who is the Chairman of the State Council of Obas announced that the governor would like to greet them and take group photographs before they eventually departed to their palaces.
However, the two monarchs had raised Governor Akeredolu’s hand as the preferred candidate of the monarchs for the October, 20 election without prior discussion to that effect.
The source challenged the two monarchs to show the minutes of the meeting if they were sure it was unanimously agreed or if such discussion to endorse Governor Akeredolu came up at all for discussion.
The source added that a critical look at the picture showed that Governor Akeredolu was in the middle of the two monarchs.