Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Vacant Stool: Jostling for Stool Begins As Kingmakers Write Govt.
-Ijaolu asked to produce candidate(s) to succeed late Oba
-There may be joker candidate
Following the letter written by the Adeboruwa Kingmakers to the Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA officially informing the government of passage of HRM Oba Johnson Fatola, JP., and asking the Ijaolu-Ademiye (Ewu-Elepe) Ruling House to produce candidate(s) as the next ruling house to occupy the Adeboruwa stool, candidates jostling for the position have started expressing their interests by purchasing nomination forms.
After the commencement of the sale of form by Ijaolu Ruling House, THE IMPACT gathered that about four candidates collected the N1millon non-refundable form before the deadline date. Though, we also gathered that more princes are still showing interests.
Among those that have so far shown interests by collecting the nomination forms are the first Chairman, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA and a retired teacher and referee, Prince (Alhaji) Jimoh Ogunmuyiwa and a civil servant and Secretary, Ikorodu Division Council of Obas, Chiefs, Alhaji Ajenise-Kuti and a lawyer,Prince Semiu Kasali.
Another candidate who is also interested but did not collect the nomination form before the closing date is an Assistant Director in the Lagos State Civil Service, Alhaji Abubarkar Abdul Jelili, popularly known and called ‘Hasbunallahi’.
It was gathered that he did not obtain the form because he feels that the non-refundable N1million is too high as payment for what he is traditionally entitled to.
The former Head of Service, Lagos State, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe is also interested in the vacant Adeboruwa stool. It was gathered that he has long been pursuing the ambition of occupying the position his father, Late Oba Omolaja Ogunlewe vacated in 1974.
Though, he is from Fadugba the first ruling house in the 1957 Adeboruwa Declaration, we gathered that he might be contesting the obaship position on the platform Ijaolu which is his maternal side, but it is not known if he collected the N1million nomination form before the expiration of deadline.
A section of Igbogbo community is also alleging that the controversies surrounding the next ruling house to produce the Oba is being fueled by the candidature of the former HOS. It was alleged that the plan was to cause crisis within Ijaolu ruling house and prevent them from presenting candidate(s) within the stipulated time. According to the, if this happens, the kingmakers according to the law will have no choice but to ask the next ruling house which is Fadugba (Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe’s ruling House) to produce candidate(s) and since he is the sole candidate, he will automatically has easy access to the throne.
Prince Ogunmuyiwa is banking on his close connection with important institutions in Igbogbo, having being staying in the ancient community coupled with the fact that he was the first executive chairman, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA.
A retired teacher and football referee, Prince Ogunmyiwa had also been involved in local and divisional politics and this may also count in his favour. But if he scales his family’s hurdle, how much he knows and can convince Igbogbo Kingmakers still remain to be seen.
Alhaji Ajenise-Kuti, a senior local government employee with the Ikorodu local government is very popular in Ikorodu, but same cannot be said in Igbogbo where many seem not to know much about him until recently when he started showing interest in the Adeboruwa stool. He has adequate knowledge of politics within the divisional traditional council and this may count in his favour.
A very generous man who is loved by many and well-connected within the traditional circle by virtue of his position as secretary, Ikorodu Division Council of Obas and Chiefs. Aside his relatively unknown activities in Igbogbo, his perceived opposition to the emergence of Oba Sotobi as new Ayangbure of Ikorodu may count against him.
Though, Alhaji Abubarkar failed to collect the nomination form because he believed that as a bona fide member of the Ijaolu family, he should not be paying to get what naturally belong to him, but THE IMPACT gathered that he is still interested in the race.
His activities within Igbogbo community especially in Igbogbo Social & Economic Council (ISEC), Federation of Igbogbo Clubs and Associations (FICA), Igbogbo Development Association (IDEA), Igbogbo Day Celebration and other community development activities are very well known to everybody but how he is going to achieve his ambition without collecting the N1million nomination form by the family is yet to be seen.
Prince Adeshina Olusanya, the leader of Onyabo Vigilante Group in Igbogbo from Ijaolu Osho-Ojuba family is also said to be interested in the contest for the next Adeboruwa of Igbogbo. Aside the fact that his family still enmeshed in controversy with Ijaolu-Ademiye (Ewu-Elepe) on which is the recognized ruling house in the declaration, his candidature is also not receiving the backing of his family.
Prince Ogunlewe no doubt is a candidate to beat if he is actually interested in the race. A full-fledge prince both maternally and paternally, but whether the Ijaolu and the Igbogbo community would accept his candidature through the Ijaolu ruling house is an issue that has started unfolding.
Another issue that may count against him is the attempt of Igbogbo community to break away from the past which many are saying had debarred progress of the ancient town and chart a new course for development. Though, he is not directly involved in the politics that many are saying had polarized Igbogbo, but according to some, he still cannot be completely absolved.
Aside all these, Ogunlewe’s candidature is still one to beat because of the supports both within and outside Igbogbo., his deep pocket and connections.
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu is said to be backing his candidature. THE IMPACT gathered that the well-respected monarch openly solicited for the understanding of Igbogbo kingmakers for Ogunlewe’s choice on Sunday, August 2, 2015, when the Adeboruwa-in-Council’s chiefs formally visited him in his Iga-Iduganran palace to officially announce the demise of late Oba Fatola and intimate him on rites of passage for the late Oba known in the traditional parlance as “Igbo”.
Aside these candidates that are very well known to the residents of Igbogbo, THE IMPACT gathered that another candidate who is simply described as Prince Semiu Kasali, also purchased the N1million form. We gathered that his candidature is very well known to political, economic, opinion and traditional leaders of Igbogbo because of his silent but committed activities to Igbogbo.
The said candidate we gathered is a lawyer by profession in the service of Lagos State Government where he has been rendering assistance to Igbogbo indigenes and the community as a whole.
He is said to be well-connected and close to the corridor of power. To the traditional and political leaders of Igbogbo who confided in THE IMPACT, his candidature is a foregone conclusion. According to a political leader who spoke with THE IMPACT, “I am in the know of his candidature. In fact, many traditional and political leaders in Igbogbo are in the know because he was prevailed upon. His emergence will give us big break from the past and the existing situation which is not helping the development of our town. We need a neutral candidate that is educated, knowledgeable, connected, sound and who is also a good ambassador. His candidature no doubt fit exactly into all these good attributes.”
Prince Semiu’s candidature is also said to be enjoying the supports of the youths in Igbogbo community and other personalities outside the Igbogbo community.
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