The Governors in the South-west states in collaboration with Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja l, alongside some other prominent stakeholders in the region, will in July 2023, host President Bola Tinubu in Osun state.
Disclosing this while speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the chairman of the group, planning the post-inauguration ceremony, Professor of Economic, Public & International Affairs, Kayode Familoni, disclosed that the event which is one of its kind will be presided over by the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State and the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and other notable party leaders in the ruling All Progressives Congress.
According to him, the event is significant to the unity and progress of the country as exemplified by the new president in his agenda for the country, noting that the people of the South West were determined to support the administration of President Tinubu, to succeed in his plan to repositioning the country
He maintained that the new president has demonstrated his genuine intention to reposition the country, with his policies, since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.
“We had a previous president who did not have a solid home in the past but for the first time we are having a president that is genuinely loved and supported; hence the uniqueness of the inauguration deserves a special event.
“We are planning an honorary degree for the president in one of the universities and as well a book launch in his honour,” he stated.
“This coming celebration of our president is perhaps the first time that Yoruba sons and daughters from the Diaspora and within the country will have a structured and formal social gathering for a true Yoruba Sons as the President of this Republic.
“Two governors from the South-west region will be the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of this unique occasion.
“Yoruba people regardless of political affiliation are ready to support him.
“The leaders are committed to his success and you can see what he achieved in one month, what some people can’t do in eight years.
“The overarching objective of this inauguration celebration of President Tinubu in his core political constituency, the Southwest, is to emphasize the fact that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is strongly supported at home. This support can only get stronger in the course of his administration,” he added.
Also speaking during the chat, the Head of the Media and Publicity Sub-committee, Femi Odere said: “Even though the planned celebration of President Tinubu can be said to have the stamp of approval of the All Progressives Congress, we have extended invitations to the governors of the states under the control of the opposition party.
“We are not unmindful of the critical role that Governor Seyi Makinde played in his support for the president during the elections.
“We would be extremely happy if the Oyo State governor can grace our inauguration celebration for Asiwaju in the Southwest.
However, he stated that Gov. Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti state has expressed his firm commitment and support for the success of the event.
The event which will be the first gathering of Yoruba sons and daughters, home and abroad, to celebrate a president from the region, will be spearheaded by the South-west Presidential Inauguration Celebration.
The event will also include other stakeholders, and political bodies and would take place at the Ojaja Resort in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Saturday, July 22, 2023.