Eminent sons and daughters of Akure, Ondo State, will gather in Ibadan this weekend to receive the Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun 11.
Prominent among them are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Olu of Ilu-Abo, Akure, Chief Olu Falae, former Secretary to the Government of Ondo State, Professor Olu Agbi, Senator representing the state capital at the National Assembly, Senator Tayo Alasoadura and his House of Reps counterparts, Hon Afe Olowookere and Hon. Baderinwa White.
According to a release issued by the Chairman, Organizing Committee of the reception, Dr. Festus Adedayo, the event is being put together by the Akure National Union, Ibadan Chapter, to celebrate the paramount ruler of Akure whom the statement said symbolizes the quest of Akure people to have “an Oba who truly represents their aspirations and is their own Moses at this time when there is a general awakening for Akureland to reconnect to where it belongs in the socio-political and cultural scheme of things.”
The release also said that the reception will be witnessed by three commissioners in the Olusegun Mimiko government, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon Eyitayo Jegede, (SAN) his counterpart in the education ministry, Hon. Jide Adejuyigbe and Hon. Sunday Awude, of the sports ministry.
The event, which will hold at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan by 12pm, said to the statement, will also have in attendance the President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Wole Akinwande and former president of the council, Chief Bayo Oyero.
The release said the attendance of the CCII chiefs at the reception was important so that “the Deji could appreciate Ibadanland for accommodating his sons and daughters over the decades and for the peace and tranquility that exists between them.”
On arrival, said the release, the Deji, in company of the Lisa of Akureland, High Chief Olusoga and the Asamon of Akure, Chief Olusanya, will pay a courtesy call on the governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.
Other personalities expected at the event, said the release, are former Provost of Ondo State College of Education, Professor Olu Aderounmu, former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Crawford University and retired professor of Geology, Professor Abiodun Fayose, former Secretary to the Government of Oyo State, Alhaji Diti Ladapo, former Oyo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, former commissioner for Integration, Mr. Tayo Koleoso and former Alliance for Democracy (AD) Chief Whip in the House of Representatives, Chief Babatunde Oduyoye.