7th December, 2010
The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, has revealed thatÂ Governor Rauf Aregbesolaâ€™s victory was through divine intervention.
She added that the issue went beyond the normal political battle to becoming anÂ issue where people started fasting and praying.
The Deputy Governor, who was at Power Must Change Hands, the monthly programme ofÂ the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, told the gathering that she had toÂ engage in marathon fasting and prayers with men of God from the church to ensureÂ their victory over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) right from when theirÂ petition was being heard by the tribunal.
She added that despite initial setbacks occasioned by the earlier judgement, and theÂ other cases levelled against the governor by the police, the General Overseer of theÂ church, Dr. Daniel Odukoya, encouraged and told her that they would win the mandateÂ and she would have cause to rejoice.
Laoye-Tomori, who continued the struggle with Governor Aregbesola, said most nightsÂ while other people were sleeping in the comfort of their rooms, she was always withÂ pastors from the church praying till victory finally came their way.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori said contrary to the widespread belief that politicians areÂ occultic, she never patronised any witch doctor throughout the struggle, adding thatÂ she had been in constant touch with the church.
She added that before she went into politics, she met with the General Overseer whoÂ gave her the go-ahead.
Also, Hon. Adelabu Onibiyo, a long time friend of Governor Aregbesola and ChairmanÂ of the Lagos State House Committee on Local Governments, told P.M.NEWS that theÂ victory of his friend was a miracle.
The lawmaker said: â€œWe have seen it as a kind of spiritual warfare. It may not beÂ real to, you but it is real in the sense that it is above the ordinary. When youÂ look at events that he had to go through daily, you would realise that it was moreÂ than a political battle.
â€œThere were many hurdles he had to jump and with many of us who are very close toÂ him, we had to follow it spiritually with him because the Osun episode was somethingÂ that was not ordinary.
â€œThrough his victory, you would see what the ordinary Nigerians have suffered. TheyÂ know who won the election and that person was denied but they couldnâ€™t defend itÂ other than for the issue could cost them their lives, properties and anguish.
â€œEven reporters would not know the truth when the jury would declare a man thatÂ lost the election as the one who won it. It was like warfare that nobody knew how itÂ would end.
â€œEven the PDP people felt sure that it was their day. How are the mighty fallen!Â Nobody would have thought that ACN had a case, but ordinary people like us,Â following the trend of the case, knew that the man was robbed.
â€œWe also remember that this man had a criminal case against him which was aÂ fabrication almost wanting to nail him down and pin him to something, but it was allÂ a miracle that the judiciary would come up again and take another look at the wholeÂ issue. It was a big surprise and we appreciate it.â€