The kingship crisis in Igbesa in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government of Ogun State is deepening as elders and opinion leaders are divided on the choice of king.
It started in 2015 after the death of Oba Olushola Banuso.
The latest twist started when some elders called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to approve Prince Abdulazeez Akinde as oba-elect.
Akinde was nominated during former Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s tenure, but the process was allegedly fraught with inconsistencies and injustice.
In a June 2019 judgment by Justice N.I. Agbelu of Sagamu High Court, Akinde’s nomination was ruled as a nullity based on the constitution of the warrant chiefs, who conducted the exercise.
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But a group of elite, led by Chief Michael Dosumu, Rasaq Taiwo; Yeye A. Adeola, and others, warned of the consequences of declaring Akinde king. They said the process, which brought him, contradicted the Chieftaincy Declaration of Igbesaland.
A petition to Governor Abiodun by their lawyer, Casmier Nwoye, said confirming Akinde king would be ‘self-serving’ and ‘ultimately orchestrated to vanquish other clans of the Idejiyo Ruling House of Igbesaland, whose turn it is to produce king’.
They appealed to the governor to cancel the marred nomination and order a fresh one.