A renowned social cultural group in South West Nigeria, the Oranmiyan group has concluded plans to organise a grand reception for Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at his home town, Ilesa after exiting office tomorrow.
Aregbesola who is expected to hand over the mantle of leadership to his successor Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola tomorrow will be received by thousands of his admirers and political associates at Ilesa in the afternoon.
Our correspondent gathered that the former Governor, as he would then be known, would be given a heroic welcome by members of the Oranmiyan group in their thousands.
The organisers said members of the group would converge on Osunjela town, where they would receive the Governor, before proceeding to his hometown, Ilesa where he would be received by the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aranmolaran, traditional rulers, chiefs and his kinsmen.
Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, the group’s spokesman, Mr Olajide Sadiq said the group decision to give Aregbesola a heroic welcome was in recognition of his laudable performance while in government, hence the need to appreciate him.
He noted that over 5,000 members of Oranmiyan group across the 30 local government area and 32 Local Council Development have volunteered to make themselves available on Tuesday November 27 to give Aregbesola the civic reception.
He said: “Our members are very happy for the successful completion of Governor Rauf Aregbesola tenure.
“Our mentor, principal, grand patron and Oranmiyan symbol would receive a heroic welcome from thousands of members Oranmiyan group.
“We are happy because there are some people who died on the seat, they didn’t go back to their people alive. And we want to thank God again, because Aregbesola is somebody that is very passionate about the development of the state.
“We want to celebrate a nationalist, philanthropist, and the lover of development. He has done tremendously well in Osun in the last eight year and he has not disappointed us, we are proud of him.
“Aregbesola is an embodiment of ideas, his developmental projects cut across every nooks and crannies of the state, he did not centre his developmental projects to Ilesa, his own town alone.
“As a matter of fact, the state has undergone positive changes under Aregbesola’s leadership.
“We want to use the occasion to showcase the affection of Oranmiyan people to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and thank God for successfully completing his tenure in office.”