Posted by News Express | 20 September 2021 | 583 times
The Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Dr. Fredrick Enitiolorunda Akinrutan, will host the second edition of Turf Club Federation Tournament. He gave the commitment when members of the Turf Club Federation of Nigeria visited him last week at his palatial palace in Ode-Ugbo, Ilaje, Ondo State, to show appreciation for the pivotal role he played in the maiden edition of its Turf games held recently in Bida; Niger State.
The Olugbo had personally attended the game of horse lovers across the country where they converge under one umbrella to display cultural aesthetics, among other things, to further solidify the country's unity.
In the cause of the courtesy visit, members of the Turf Club through the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammed Saad Abubakar III, disclosed their readiness to allow South-West Nigeria host the sophomore edition within the kingdom of Olugbo and Kabiyesi Akinrutan as the host. This information was contained via a duly signed letter, dated 10th of August which states: "The federation has resolved to honor your majesty with the hosting rights of the 2nd edition of the prestigious National Horse Racing Derby in your kingdom; this will be the first of its kind to have horse lovers, jockeys owners and sports enthusiast hosted outside of Northern Nigeria."
The delegation presented a horse to the Olugbo as a sign of appreciation for his support for the sport and how he has worked assiduously to foster unity and peace within the country.
The Olugbo accepted the offer, assuring that a date for the games would be announced after due consultation with stakeholders and chiefs within the kingdom.
"We are willing to make the second edition an experience that would never be forgotten. We would make sure we put every necessary plan in place to make sure the event is successful.
We will also make sure that everybody who attends will never forget in a hurry. We Ilaje people are accommodating and our sense of hospitality is unmatched. We are ready to host the tournament and i thank the members who found me worthy of such a great gesture. I appreciate you all. we will keep working creating a positive synergy to make sure Nigeria is stronger in Unity," Oba Akinrutan said.
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