By John Kayode
Stakeholders in Ondo State have declared three days fasting and prayers over alleged selling off of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure by the current administration in the State.
The Ondo State Football Stakeholders Forum led by Otunba Dele Ologbese said Thursday, Friday and Saturday have been set aside to pray to God to change the mind of the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy Lucky Aiyedatiwa over the planned selling of State’s pride and heritage.
The Chairman of Ologbese Global Sports, in a chat with Newsmen in Akure noted that it’s only God that can change the rigid mind of the government against gifting the 27 years old club, founded by former Ondo State Military Administrator, Col.Ahmed Usman.
He said: “We believe it’s only God that can help change the mindsets of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa from selling off Sunshine Stars FC which is our ‘pride and heritage”.
According to him, “with the look of things they’re hell bent in selling off the Club despite persistent cries of stakeholders over this decision and we have absolute faith that God will surely answer our prayers.”
“Since the news broke out some few weeks ago that Ondo State Government had perfected plans to sell off the club for a peanut and Government had not come out to deny the story which is a pointer to the fact that they are hell bent on selling the club outrightly as against the proposed Public Private Partnership arrangement, we have no option than to call on all football loving Ondo State people to join us in the three days fasting and prayers starting on Thursday, September 29, 2022 “
“We want to put it on record, because, Governor may not be aware that those advising him to sell the club for a partry sum of One hundred and fifty million naira only are doing so for their own selfish interests. We are aware that those planning to buy the club will eventually sell it to a relegated Premiership Clubside in Northern Nigeria at a price in the region of One Billion Naira”.
“We like to reiterate that selling of Sunshine Stars Football Club is against the common interests of the good people of Ondo State. It’s on this premise we strongly appeal to Mr Governor to stop engaging in actions that would affect his image and his administration negatively”, he said.