ABEOKUTA – The Olota-in Council, Otta, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State, has accused Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo for planning to install Non-Aworis as Obas in Aworiland, Ogun State.
The spokesman of the council and Seriki of Otta, High Chief Olanrewaju Bashorun, made the allegation on Wednesday, when he addressed a press conference alongside other members of the council and some Baales at Iwe Iroyin House, Abeokuta.
Chief Bashorun said credible sources close to the council confirmed that, the Egba monarch and some elements were bent on foisting some people without traceable histories within Aworiland as Obas and Baales in some Awori towns.
According to him, the affected Awori towns are; Sango-Otta, Atan-Otta, Ijoko-Otta, Abule Lemomu, Oke-Ore and Adekoyeni, while the purported Obas to be installed are; Sakiru Ijaduade, Tajudeen Sodiya, Abiodun Sowunmi, Olatunji Oluyomi and Gbohun Adebayo.
Chief Bashorun also pointed accusing fingers at Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu for purportedly planning to install some Obas which is scheduled to take place before the end of the month.
He emphasized that the Olota of Otta is the prescribed traditional authority over all lands, towns and villages with the suffix, Otta, including Sango-Otta, Atan-Otta and all the others, as it will amount to a denigration of that sacred institution without recourse to the traditional ruler before any Oba is installed in Aworiland.
High Chief Bashorun therefore called on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to speedily convene a Security Council meeting to nip in the bud, the activities of those he described as merchants of discord in the communities and prevent such illegal installations from taking place.
He warned that any attempt to conduct the illegal installation would be resisted with every legitimate means at their disposal.
But as at time of filing this report, the Alake of Egbaland could not be reached, but in a telephone interview with the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland who is also spokesman for Alake-in-council, Alhaji Lai Labode said, only the Egba Traditional Council can react to such allegation, saying at the appropriate time, the Egba Traditional Council will issue a reaction