January 17, 2019
Leading political parties made the one year anniversary of Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams their convergence point recently as they jostled for recognition.
The five-day event from January 9 to 13 attracted notable personalities from all walks of life.
In what appeared like show of strength, both the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) added colour to the gathering.
Even, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of APC was not left out as she sent a representative.
First to blaze the trail at the 10 Degree Event Center, Oregun, Lagos, the venue of the Installation of Aare Chiefs in Council on Saturday, January 12 was a PDP chieftain and former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
As a prelude to the installation of 21 chiefs across the Yoruba speaking communities in Nigeria that included Kwara and Kogi States, the ex-governor called for Southwest unity to strengthen national development in Nigeria.
Not left out was Senator Buriji Kasamu, one of the PDP governorship hopefuls in Ogun State who was represented by his running mate, Dr Reuben Abati.
For Abati, the occasion was a milestone in Yorubaland that deserved attention of every peace loving Nigerians.
Titi Amina Atiku Abubakar, wife of Presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar also brought greetings from her husband.
On January 13, as if the APC chieftains wanted to make up for their absence at the chieftaincy ceremony, just as guests were settling down at the grand finale of the anniversary at Grandeur center in Ikeja, Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and Timipre Silva, former Governor of Bayelsa state, both members of APC stormed the occasion to give their own solidarity.
Minutes after the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki through his Adviser on Media, Mr Yusuf Olaniyonu took his seat, Governor Akeredolu, represented by one of his commissioners and Silva took to the center stage.
The ex-Bayelsa governor, while delivery an inspiring speech described the Yoruba nation as a great race that the Ijaw people would continue to support.
According to him, Aare Gani Adams remained a figure worthy of celebrating giving his role as a defender of the masses.
Although the event was devoid of political bickering as the politicians comported themselves in decent manner, it would go down the memory lane as one of the most organized occasions in the recent times.
Impressed by the turn out, Iba Gani Adams could not hide admiration as he said, “this was the first time, Senator Oluremi Tinubu will be attending our event. We are very grateful for this gesture. For us, you have sent a signal and we received it whole heatedly with all pleasure.”