Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and Senator Iyiola Omisore on Saturday night stormed a popular prayer mountain at Otan Ayegbaju in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of the state to offer prayers to God.
The governor is a devout Muslim while Omisore is a Catholic. But both of them went to the prayer mountain, known as Oke Maria, for the annual pilgrimage and to pray to God to grant their desires.
Omisore attended the vigil after he had declared his governorship ambition at a well-attended ceremony in Osogbo where he levelled allegations of financial impropriety against Aregbesola.
Senator Babajide Omowoarare, who is also a Catholic faithful, was also in attendance at the vigil.
Omoworare, who was the first to arrive at the service, came around 10.45pm on Saturday, while Omisore got there around 1.45am on Sunday. Aregbesola came about an hour later.
The three politicians sat on the same seat at the front row and the Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev. Leke Abegunrin, prayed for the trio and urged other politicians to learn a lesson from how the three politicians worshipped before God and saw themselves as one.
Aregbesola, who was called out by the archbishop, urged the people to love and tolerate one another.
He said, “I urge you to embrace love, this is what God wants from all of us, irrespective of your religious beliefs. Love one another, put your political or religious sentiments apart and embrace love. Share your feelings, thoughts, ideas and opinions with one another and pray for one another.
“Embrace religious tolerance and this can only be done when we recognise the power of love in our lives. Without love, our prayers cannot be answered. Let us eschew bitterness and pray for ourselves, our homes, local governments, Nigeria and the world at large.”
Omisore promised to return missionary schools to their original founders if elected governor in the state.
He, however, added that he would not return the schools if their founders did not want them again.