OLAJIDE OSOBA, ABEOKUTA
Traditional chiefs of various communities in Ogun State have frowned at the installation of 75 coronet Obas by the State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
They described the action by Amosun as shocking and faulty, saying that if Amosun doesn’t reverse his decision on the appointment of the Obas they will take a legal action on them.
While addressing news men on Tuesday, the chiefs vowed not to allow the new monarchs to enter into their communities because they do not recognise them.
According to them, the new Olu of Kajola, Chief Akanji Sowonoye, was an impostor, we would not recognise him as our Oba.
Amosun had on Monday promoted 75 village chiefs, otherwise known as Baale, to coronet Obas amidst protest.
But traditionalists in some of the affected villages, including Eruwon, Kajola in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area; Olohunda in Abeokuta North LGA and Ibese in Yewa-North LGA, vowed to prevent the monarchs from entering their communities.
Meanwhile, The Oluwo of Eruwon, Chief Adisa Soyoye and Balogun of Eruwon, Chief Tade Sodipo, described Amosun’s action as shocking and faulty.
Soyoye said the people of the village rejected the choice of Sowoneye as their Oba.
”I want to call on the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, to intervene in the chieftaincy dispute”
They therefore threatened that if the government refused to reverse its decision on Sowonoye’s appointment as Olu of Kajola, they would take legal action against the new oba.
Also, residents of Olorunda community in the Abeokuta North LGA staged a peaceful protest seeking the removal of their traditional ruler, Oba Segun Ogunsola, who they claimed was not an indigene of the community.
The residents led by Chief Odofin of Olorunda community, Rafiu Olabode, trooped to the state government secretariat in Oke-Mosan on Tuesday. They asked the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs to remove Oba Ogunsola from office.
The aggrieved indigenes, while speaking to our correspondent, alleged that Oba Ogunsola was not an indigene of the community.
Olabode, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, said they were aggrieved because the embattled monarch was imposed on them by a monarch whose jurisdiction did not extend to Olorunda territory.