RACE FOR OLOWU’S STOOL GATHERS MOMENTUM

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Five top contenders emerge
…..Olusegun Obasanjo,Balogun Owu, ask candidates to work on their families to present them to kingmakers and not send CVs to him

By ‘Tunde Abatan
In the bid to fill the vacant stool of Olowu of Owu ,Abeokuta,Ogun state,not less than 10 candidates from the Otileta Ruling House whose turn is to provide an electable 14th Olowu have shown interest on the ancient throne in Abeokuta.
It will be recalled that the immediate last Olowu Kangunere, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, Amororo II who joined his ancestors on December 12, 2021 reigned for 16 years,as the 13th Olowu to occupy the throne.
While his reign lasted, he left an impactful traditional Jurisprudence and sustainable rural integration for Owu communities in Abeokuta and districts in Ogun State.

The first Olowu,it will be recalled was crowned in Abeokuta in 1855, about two decades after the Owu band escaped from their war- torn homestead of Orile Owu now in Osun State, was devastated by inter tribal war of 1821-1826.
There are six rulling houses in Owu Abeokuta comprising, Otileta, Ayoloye, Akinjobi, Akinoso, Lagbedu and Amororo, in that rotational order.

With the turn of Otileta Ruling House, several strands of the homongous family have suffaced with candidates who, by the local customary law, must be screened by the family head and accredited candidate or candidates be presented to the regulated kingmakers who will elect and present Olowu-elect to the Ogun State Government for approval in accordance to the provisions of the Obas and Chiefs Law of Ogun State, 2021.

Today,five candidates among the pack of ten are according to Newdawnngr.com sources are on top of the list of contenders from the Otileta Ruling house.

Prince Niyi Adejumo Olatidoye

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Prominent among the candidates now in contention are Prince Dr. Saka Adeola Matemilola, an Applied Mathematics PhD holder from the Cambridge University, UK and registered Engineer (COREN), aged 58, Prince Niyi Adejumo Olatidoye, a retired Permanent Secretary in Ogun State and President of Owu Club, Abeokuta, Adeyinka Oluyemi Abolade from the pedigree of Akin-Olugbade from Laara Compound Oke Ago-Owu, Abeokuta.
The late Chief Akin Olugbade,it will be recalled, was the predecessor of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,and he joined his ancestors in 1987.
Adeyinka Abolade, holds a double first degree, B.Sc (Hons) in Oil and Gas and B.A (Hons) History/Political Science,University of Ibadan in 1986, and Ogun state Polytechnic,Abeokuta has worked in notable companies and lives in London.
OTHERS include Dr. Kazeem Olarewaju Babatunde Bakinson, a notable Town Planner and current Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning,NITP,Lagos chapter and Director of Planning in the Lagos State Civil Service administration.
Dr Olarewaju Bakinson is from Laara Compound, Owu Abeokuta.

The late Chief Akin Olugbade,it will be recalled, was the predecessor of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,and he joined his ancestors in 1987.
Adeyinka Abolade, holds a double first degree, B.Sc (Hons) in Oil and Gas and B.A (Hons) History/Political Science,University of Ibadan in 1986, and Ogun state Polytechnic,Abeokuta has worked in notable companies and lives in London.
OTHERS include Dr. Kazeem Olarewaju Babatunde Bakinson, a notable Town Planner and current Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning,NITP,Lagos chapter and Director of Planning in the Lagos State Civil Service administration.
Dr Olarewaju Bakinson is from Laara Compound, Owu Abeokuta.
There are also Prince Owookade Adesina from Soke Compound, Semiyu Adelani from Omoleefon House, and Prince Adeboyejo Kabir Gbademu,46,a business tycoon residence in Ghana but from Otopo House, Abeokuta.
He holds a BSc Business administration from Escape University Benin in 2016 and later awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business administration by his Alma -matter. He is married to three wives and blessed with children.
Also on the list is Prince Sunday Adebayo Adelanwa,an Oil and Gas magnate from Olumosa compound in Otileta Ruling house.
Meanwhile, the Abeokuta North Local Govt has directed the head of Otileta family to buckle up and complete selection within March 2nd and 15th.
The directive was contained in a letter by Hon Odusiji Kabiru Ayinla ,secretary to Abeokuta North Local governments,in a public notice Ref No 29 Vol.V/90 notifying the public of the vacant stool and process for selection of a new Olowu(see attached)outlined .
Meanwhile,Balogun Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at a meeting he had with representatives of the Otileta Ruling house at his Obasanjo Presidential Library Thursday March 3, has directed all potential candidates to concentrate on their family houses to meet stipulated criteria rather than flooding his house with their cvs.
Said he,”As a matter of principle, I will not entertain any candidate nor read their profiles until the kingmakers bring them as nominated”.
After the nomination,the kingmakers are according to states Chieftancy law’s expected to vote to pick who to occupy the throne among the nominees.
During the meeting ,out of the eight kingmakers only five namely Omolaasin,Oloshi,Osupori, Akogun and Balogun were present while
Obamaja,Oyega and Orunto were absent.
It was gathered that part of the reason for Baloguns meeting with the Otileta family is need to ensure that they followed due process and also present credible candidates in order to avoid the interegnum which occured between 1987 and 1994 when Oba Michael Oyelekan newly selected died in Ipebi and internal conflict among and within the family and kingmakers prevented the Owu from having a king until 1994 when the late Oba Adisa Odeleye,a renowned architect was crowned the Olowu.
He resigned for ten years until he joined his ancestors in 2004 .
During his tenure he modernise the palace and initiated several projects in the kingdom.

Source:Newdawnngr.com

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