By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Transition Chairman, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area in Ogun state, Comrade Femi Onanuga has advised the people of Ode-Omi to disregard threats by some enemy of progress in the town.
He stressed that Adekunle Folalu Hassan Oshotekun remains the authentic Lenuwa and Oba elect in Ode-Omi and environs.
The Transition Chairman in a press release said: “The attention of the authority of Ogun Waterside Local government had been drawn to a foul cry and fictitious ranting of some agent provocateur over the final selection of the Lenuwa of Ode and to clear air inform the public over the selection of Lenuwa of Ode Omi Oba Adekunle Folailu Hassan – Oshoteku II which was done in strict conformity with the chiefs laws 2006, directives and supervision of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs.”
Comrade Onanuga explained that the five candidates presented by Oshotekun ruling house to jostle for the stool of Lenuwa of Ode Omi were Prince Adesegun Umar Hamzat, Prince Adekunle Hassan Oshotekun, Prince Bartholomew Okeowo Adekunle, Ayodele Tekun, and Prince Rafiu Odufarasin.
Out of the five candidates presented by Oshotekun ruling house, Oba Adekunle Folailu Hassan Oshoteku II was elected by the 2/3 majority of Kingmakers present at the selection process which was commenced at Ode Omi town hall and concluded at the Council’s premises on security advice.
According to him, “When minority Kingmakers led by an impostor and a crook by the name Taidu -Opele the Ashodi of Ode Omi who apparently want to remain illegally as the regent of Ode Omi without any official authorization.
“Chief Taidu-Opele is a character who has no respect for laws, due process and constituted authorities. He has insulted and defiled two former Governors (Chief Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniels).
“This led to his dismissal from Nigerite Ng LTD. He has single-handedly frustrated the selection process five different times since the family nomination of five candidates for the stool in October, 2020.
“That a singular candidate pooled 50% of the total vote out of five candidates shows the popularity of the candidate and the credibility of the selection process.
“That the selection process was concluded in the Council’s premises because of security threat doesn’t invalidate nor make the process less credible. It is noteworthy to mention that the appointments of Oshoteku I in 1939 was concluded in the Awujale palace at Ijebu Ode.
!Prominent Ode-Omi sons and daughters and indeed the majority of the citizens were happy and satisfied with the selection process, only a disgruntled few like Mr Taidu-Opele are sad, unhappy and mourning the process.”