The Council of traditional chiefs in Otta-Awori , Ogun State, has accused the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu of alleged plot to impose traditional rulers on them, adding that the act was against the culture of the land.
The Seriki of Otta , High chief Olarenwaju Bashorun disclosed this during a press briefing at the NUJ, Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Okelewo, Abeokuta, the State capital.
He also said the Olota of Ota is the only prescribed traditional authority who has the sole right to intall traditional leaders in Awori land not the Olowu and the Alake.
According to him, it is enshrined in the tradition of the ancient land that the Olota of Ota is the only prescribed traditional authority who has the sole right to install traditional leaders in Aworiland.
”The alleged intervention of the duo of Alake and Olowu is a complete shift from the norm as its against the established norm of the land the intervention is not commonsensical but an injustice”
The Chiefs lamented that the men being imposed on them by the Obas in questions were not biological sons of the land as their ancestors could not be traced to Awori land.
”We are surprise to hear from credible sources that certain elements are bent on foisting some people without traceable histories within Awori land as Obas and Baales in some Awori towns. Ordinarily we would have ignored this as another way of causing disaffection and mischief against the government of then”
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, FCA, CON, has been a friend of the Awori people and a good leader without any baggage of bias and injustice. We are therefore surprised that at the twilight of his administration, some people opposed to peace and probably envious of our relationship are raising issues that could tamper with the tremendous goodwill he enjoys with the people of Otta and Aworiland in general, we believe he will not fall into their scheme.
It is therefore amounts to the denigration of the sacred institution that has endured for over 500years without recourse to the traditional ruler. The first Olota was installed in 1621. It is sad that the already marginalised Awori people’s will is being tested this way. We cannot fold our alms to any subjugation.
They therefore called on the State Government to stop whoever is poised to forment trouble in the name of installing non -Aworis as Obas in Aworiland.
”It is our belief that Governor Amosun is a man peace and may not be awarded of this sad development”
”We hereby called on him to speadily convene a security council meeting to nip in the bud the activities of these merchants of discord in our communities and prevent such illegal intallations from taking place”