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Ogun: Ruling house protests over reconstitution of kingmakers

The Okewaye ruling house in Ado-Odo Kingdom in Ado-Odo/Ota LGA of Ogun State has raised concerns over the reconstitution of the kingmakers by the Ogun…

The Okewaye ruling house in Ado-Odo Kingdom in Ado-Odo/Ota LGA of Ogun State has raised concerns over the reconstitution of the kingmakers by the Ogun State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs prior to the selection of a new Olofin of Ado-Odo.

The head of the Okewaye ruling family, Sulaimon Adedimeji, in a protest letter addressed to Governor Dapo Abiodun, sought his intervention to prevent a disruption of the process.

The ruling house, slated to fill the vacancy after the former oba’s death two years ago, accused some government officials of backing a particular candidate.

The family, therefore, called on Governor Abiodun to intervene by ensuring a free, fair and credible selection process, emphasising the risk of litigation and civil unrest if irregularities persisted.

The letter reads in part: “Urgent attention is requested to safeguard the integrity of the selection process and uphold justice in filling the vacant throne of the Olofin of Ado-Odo Kingdom with a commitment to due process and the rule of law.”

However, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ganiyu Hamzat, refuted the claims, stating that the ministry did not recognise the three kingmakers, challenging them to present evidence of their appointment by the late oba.

 

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