Ogun nullifies Ibese monarch’s selec­tion process

The Punch - - NEWS - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

gOVER­NOR Dapo Abio­dun of Ogun State has nul­li­fied the selec­tion process of the new Oba of ibese in the Yewa North Lo­cal gov­ern­ment Area of the state, Prince Mulero Ro­timi.

The gover­nor said this while ad­dress­ing pro­test­ers who stormed the gover­nor’s Of­fice, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, on Mon­day.

Abio­dun was rep­re­sented by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Chief­taincy Af­fairs, Kunle Osota.

The ag­grieved mem­bers of ibese com­mu­nity protested the emer­gence of Ro­timi af­ter the demise of Oba Joel Bamg­bose.

The king­mak­ers were said to have se­lected Pince Mulero Ro­timi as the new Oba-elect of ibese town.

The gover­nor said the Ogun State gov­ern­ment had not ap­proved the selec­tion of any monarch in the town.

Abio­dun as­sured the pro­test­ers that once the com­mis­sion­ers were in­au­gu­rated, a process for the selec­tion of the new Oba would be re­opened, adding that it would fol­low the due process.

The gover­nor said who­ever was parad­ing him­self as an Oba-elect was do­ing such at his own vo­li­tion.

Ear­lier, the Asi­waju of ibe­se­land, Dr hezy idowu, who led the pro­test­ers, al­leged that some pow­er­ful peo­ple in ibe­se­land were threat­en­ing the peace of the land by sub­vert­ing the process.

he al­leged that those work­ing against the choice of the peo­ple had the sup­port of the Sec­re­tary to the Ogun State gov­ern­ment, Tokunbo Tal­abi.

idowu said the sole oba­ship can­di­date of Oloko Rul­ing house was Prince Azeez Aded­imeji idowu, say­ing that he was rightly se­lected, nom­i­nated and pre­sented.

“The on­go­ing con­test is be­tween the le­git­i­mate oba­ship can­di­da­ture of Prince Azeez Aded­imeji idowu, whose nom­i­na­tion was strictly guided by the 1957 ibese Chief­taincy Dec­la­ra­tion, and the il­le­git­i­mate can­di­dacy of Ro­timi Mulero who is barred from vy­ing for the throne by this same dec­la­ra­tion,” he said.

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