Pray for Successful Poll in Osun, Aregbesola tells Intending Pilgrims
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has urged intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to pray for the successful conduct of next month’s governorship election in the state when they arrive in the holy land.
The governor said the prayers became necessary since this year’s Hajj is the closest to any election held in the state since he assumed office about eight years ago.
Aregbesola spoke during a farewell ceremony at the state secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, for this year’s pilgrims from the state.
The governor urged the 599 intending pilgrims from the state to seek God’s guidance for free, fair, credible and peaceful election.
He said: “We need prayers for the success of the governorship election as it is not a coincidence that this year’s Hajj is the closest period to our governorship election since we assumed office almost eight years ago.”
“So, the only thing I need from you (intending Hajj pilgrims) is to pray for the success of the 2018 governorship election in the state because we want peace to continue to reign in our state.”
“Since Saudi Arabia is the Holy Land where prayers are answered, I want you all to dedicate prayers for the free, fair, credible and peaceful election to elect a worthy successor who will continue from where we will stop.”
“However, it is on records that Osun has witnessed all-round growths and development in all aspects of life, a feat that can never be allowed to stop.”
“We have recorded giant strides in all sectors, we have made a difference in the socio-economic and political landscape of our state as these claims could be attested to in the successes we made in the last seven and a half years of our administration.”
“So, we appeal to our people to continue to support our administration and display same gesture by voting for continuity as our state cannot afford to be backward again.”
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Simeon Obawale Adebisi, said 599 intending pilgrims were leaving the state for this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
He said: “The last editions of Hajj were success stories. It is our plan and hope that this year’s exercise will be much more successful in terms of planning, execution and result.”
“At the beginning of this year, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja allocated 964 Hajj seats to the state on the strength of which forms were sold to the public and people from other states.”
“For this year’s Hajj, 599 self-sponsored pilgrims and officials are embarking on the holy journey to Saudi Arabia.”
“To make adequate arrangement, the preparation for this year’s Hajj started last November with the interview and screening of intending pilgrims to ensure their physical, medical and spiritual fitness for the exercise.”
“Mr. Governor has magnanimously approved all the expenses for the board to organise the Hajj operation and our pilgrims have been provided with uniform dress, bags, Saudi sim cards among other incentives.”
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