A body of traditional rulers consisting of over one hundred and thirty (130) monarchs and crown heads' of towns and communities across the eighteen council areas of Ondo State on Thursday, declared their group support for the governorship ambition of the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim (CFR) as the next governor of the state.
The group is made up of grade B to E monarchs in Ondo State known as "D 130 Krowns Club" of Ondo State, who are not members of the government recognised State Council of Obas chaired by the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo.
The traditional rulers at the group meeting called "Pelupelu" hosted by the Onimeri of Imeri, Oba Agbadero Adeniran in Ose local government area, warmly received the billionaire businessman into their mist, offering individual and joint prayers for the success of Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim in the forthcoming Governorship election on November 26, 2016.
The chairman of the traditional rulers, Aladeokun of Alade-Idanre, Oba Olusegun Akinbola who spoke through the Owa-Ale of Ikare, reiterated the demands of the group for recognition and promotion into the State Council of Obas which he said, gave birth to the formation of the pressure group to drive home their demands.
Oba Akinbola noted that the current formation of the State Council of Obas gave room for preferential treatment, undue advantage, extensive domineering and paramount power to selected few traditional rulers who were permanent members of the Council of Obas, to the detriment of their other colleagues on grade B to E.
"We specifically resolved to have you as our special guest today at this meeting and present before you our prepared proposal and demands for your implementation after your victory in the coming election. Our prayer is for you to win the poll.
"Traditional rulers are not politicians, but we're human beings too seeking good government for our people domains, our family and self; so it won't be out of place to have a preferred candidate that we know will do our biddings and deliver dividends of democracy to our domains.
Responding, the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim commended the traditional rulers for coming out boldly to demand for their rightful place in the comity of traditional rulers, stressing that the monarchs play very vital role in the administration of government at the grassroots.
"My Kabiyesis, you will agree with me that before my invitation to this meeting, I have visited the palaces of some of you with the promise of setting aside five percent of the monthly Federal allocation to the state, as community development fund under the direct supervision of you, our fathers as owners of the communities.
"I also promise to return your lost dignity, traditional values of old and the due respect the tradition institution have for our crowned heads; where we shall integrate your into the daily administration of our dear state with the cogent purpose of bringing government down to the grassroots.
Some of the traditional rulers present at the meeting included; Ahaba of Ajagba, Olu of Igbokoda, Oludotun of Iludotun-Ajowa, Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oloba of Oba-Akoko, Olute of Ute, Onidogun of Idogun, Oniju of Iju-Odo, Alagho of Odo-Nla, Ekiri of Ero, Ogbolu of Ita-Ogbolu and Akapinsa of Inpinsa.
Dr. Jimoh ibrahim campaign trail has earlier visited the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adegooke Adeusi in his palace where a large crowd of party supporters in the town welcomed the candidate with songs and dance steps.
The campaign trail later visited Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi who gave royal blessing and prayers for the success of the PDP candidate.
On the campaign trail of the gubernatorial candidate were; the deputy governor candidate, Ebenezer Omotayo Alabi; the deputy state chairman of PDP, Johnson; former deputy Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Dare Emiola, Hon. Abiye Ademoyegun; executive director of NICON Insurance, Otunba Stephen Ojo, Hon. Sola Akinuli; former state chairmen of Accord Party and Labour Party, Olusola Agbesua and Kolawole Johnson.