27 years after, New Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo emerges - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

27 years after, New Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo emerges

Olanrewaju Adesola

A new Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North local government area of Ogun State, has emerged 27-years after the last Orimolusi joined his ancestors.

He is 69 year-old Prince Lawrence Jayeola Adebajo.

The last Orimolusi, Oba Sani Adetayo, joined his ancestors in May 1994 and since then, the stool had been vacant due to disputes over who would succeed him.

However, respite came on Tuesday when the kingmakers of the ancient community elected Prince Adebajo, as the Orimolusi-elect.

It was gathered that 11 warrant chiefs were inaugurated by the Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Bolaji Odusanya, on the advise of the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to commence the process of filling the stool.

The warrant chiefs was headed by Professor Ademola Adedeji with Professors Yinka Balogun, Kola Balogun, Layi Ogunkoya, Chief Ademola Okusanya, Chief P. O. Omotara, Professor Bisi Ogunfowora, Mr. Olusegun Olusanya, Professors B. Obigbesan, Ayo Ogunye as members while Mr. Fatai Bolujo served as Secretary.

They were given 14 days within inauguration to submit report.

It was gathered that Adebajo polled six votes to defeat his closest rival, Prince Soliu Sadiku, who had four votes.

The State government on Wednesday said an Oba-elect for the stool of the Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo had emerged.

The State government said the emergence followed the voting of 10 out of the 11 warrant chiefs it appointed to elect candidates for the vacant stool.

The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, made this known while fielding questions from journalists shortly after presenting certificate and staff of office to the Alale of Moriwi, Oba Olusegun Taiwo, in Imeko/Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Afuape said, “an Oba-elect has emerged as Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo,” but added that he has not got details of the process that led to the emergence.

He said, “The information that got to me yesterday (Tuesday) was that, at the election, the chiefs voted and I think an Oba-elect actually emerged.

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