The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, has revealed how he escaped dethronement following the victory of governor-elect Senator Ademola Adeleke during the Osun State governorship election.
The monarch made this known while receiving Senator Adeleke was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Oba Oyetunji, who spoke in his palace revealed he was threatened with eviction by some undisclosed people.
It would be recalled that during Adeleke’s visit to Ataoja before the governorship poll, the monarch while reacting to the alleged attack on some PDP members coming to receive their party’s candidate, had placed curses on the people behind politically-motivated attacks in the town.
The outburst of the royal father did not go down well with some people within the community, who accused him of partisanship.
But Ataoja, while speaking in a short video clip recorded during the Governor-elect’s visitation to him, described himself as lucky with Adeleke’s victory, as he could have been chased from the palace with broom.
Ataoja, who spoke in Yoruba language in the video said, “my sermon to my son, who is now my boss is simple, may you be successful in office. I am saying this openly so that people can hear. Let them know that my joy has come. Imagine them saying they will sweep me away with their brooms with cane from this palace?
“It is God that saved me. It is not only Ademola (Adeleke) that has been lucky, myself, the Ataoja, is also lucky. Let them listen to me now, no one can chase me out with cane. I congratulate all of us that God has given this new governor.
“May his reign be peaceful. After your eight years in office, Ataoja will produce your successor. May you never stumble. You will serve first and second term, after that, the post can return to Osogbo.”