The process and step ahead by the kingmakers to pronounce the new Olowu of Owu kingdom of Egbaland may be inconclusive, following a new dimension to the arrangements, as one of the compound, Laara family, from the Otileta ruling house filed a petition over alleged exclusion from the exercise.
Penpushing reports that, the kingmakers have already in preparatory move to announce the next Olowu designate after screening of the candidates by the ruling house, when petition was sent to the head of the ruling house by the aggrieved family.
The petition filed on behalf of the Laara family by , a law firm Adebayo Ogungbemi and Co, with copies said to have been forwarded to Balogun Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ogun State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Abeokuta North Local Government and Owu Council of Chiefs, protested the exclusion of the family from membership of the ruling house
Penpushing further reports that, as at the time of filing ths report, sources said the ruling house had already forwarded five names to the kingmakers, and in the petition the petitioners declared that, the relevance of Laara family in Otileta ruling house cannot be toyed with.
The family, going memory lane, argued that, the family produced the first Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Pawu who reigned between 1855-1867, adding that, the family, therefore became the custodian of the first Owu crown.
Penpushing also reports that, the petition explained that, in view of the records, the Laara family had the crown in its possession and preserved same until 2005 when it was returned with a letter titled, ”Return of first Owu Crown from Orile Owu to the Olowus Palace’
The family said the letter dated 15th day of September 2005 was received by the Owu Palace, Owu Council and then ,Olowu of Owu Kingdom, stressing that, in view of this, the action of head of Otileta ruling house in sidelining the family was illegal.
‘The act and attempt of the Otitela ruling house, by your leadership to ignore, exclude and sideline one of the paramount ruling families cannot be overlooked. Hence, in the interest of justice, equity and fairplay for the overall communal interest and common good of the Owu kingdom, you are hereby advised, within 24-hours,to refrain,stop and desist from continuing the lop-sided, fraudulent, non-customary and skewed process of compiling and interviewing candidates’, the petition stated
Penpushing reports that, petition declared that, the composition of the ruling house include: Laara family,Matemilola family, Owookade family, Lumosa family and Aderinoye family, and therefore advised head of the ruling house to retrace his step in the interest of justice, equity and fair play.
The aggrieved family said this was necessary for the overall communal interest and people of the kingdom, and thereby gave the ruling house 24 hours notice to restrain, stop and desist from continuing the process described as lopsided, fraudulent, non customary and skewed
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