The pronouncement of Chief Olusegun Magcregor as the traditional elect of Orile-Ilawo by authorities of Odeda local government area of Ogun State has turned contentious as some residents of the communities took to the streets to protest his choice.
Penpushing reports that, the protesters who stormed the palace of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo located in Ake area of the ancient town, claimed that, Macgregor was been imposed on them
The protesting residents of Orile-Ilawo in Alagbagba area of the local government carried number of placards, and also took their protest to palace of Osile of Oke Ona , Governor’s office, .describing Macgregor as impostor who can’t lay claim to the Ilawo throne.
Penpushing further reports that, some of the placards reads, “Our Orile needs a son of the soil; Imposition is not allowed, we will not be silenced; Traditional values and Morals laid by our forefathers have been jettisoned; save us from this menace called McGregor’, among others
The Village head of Asiwaju Alagbagba , Chief Rafiu Sodiya who spoke insisted that Macgregor is an alien who has no single village or bloodline related to any of the known 194 villages that make up Orile Ilawo.
“How can local government officials jettison the original list of the warrant chiefs sent by the Ilawo traditional council and substitute that maliciously with a list sent by McGregor and his cronies to run election of Oba’, he argued.
‘We know who and who they paid for it. It was even learnt that McGregor has been carrying his list of bribed officials around to show people who he has bribed so far. This is very unfortunate as this only ridicules the revered and elevated position of Oba in our homeland’.
Penpushing also reports that, in similar vein 80-year-old traditional head of Lerin Ilawo, Chief Emmanuel Alabi, declared that all the local heads from Orile Ilawo want the stool to be occupied by one of their sons who hails from any of the Orile Ilawo villages with known verifiable history, oral and written in Ilawo.
The community head explained that Orile Ilawo sits at the boundary of Ogun and Oyo State, Alagbagba axis to Omi Adio, arguing that it was imperative to consider the strategic position Orile-Ilawo occupies in Ogun state, and install bonafide traditional ruler
“It is therefore imperative in view of the strategic position Orile Ilawo occupies in Ogun state to ensure we install a monarch who is originally from there, knows the people there and has lived with them, has his village there, meets with the subjects there, farmers and security agencies there to better serve the people as king.”
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