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……process of enthronement begins
……with #25,000, You can become next monarch
By: Ade Adeleke
Kingmakers popularly known as “Senior Omolowos” today officially commenced the selection process for the installation of a new Olowo of Owo in Ondo state after the completion of burial rites for the departed monarch, late Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi.
Declaring that interested Princes can now come forth to contest the vacant stool, the Head of the Kingmakers and Ojomo Luda of Ijebu-Owo, Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo on Tuesday at a press conference in his palace, emphasized that only those from the Elewuokun family can aspire to occupy the throne.
Recall that late Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi who was given the staff of office as the Olowo of Owo in December 2003 by late Olusegun Agagu, former governor of Ondo State after succeeding his father in 1999 died in the early hours of April 17, 2019.
Ojomo Luda who gave a strong warning against those with the intent to interfere in the selection process, maintained that those saddled with the responsibility are experienced and incorruptible High Chiefs, which he said will handled inline with the town’s custom and tradition.
Oba Oladoyinbo insisted that only one family produces Olowo contrary to speculation that there many families to the throne.
“The Elewuokun Family remains the umbrella body from which an Olowo will emerged, any other opinions, conjecture remain those of whosoever is advocating them and are of no effect. We are bound by the extant Declaration, and Laws of Ondo State. We shall also seek the assistance of our Spiritual Fathers in accordance with normal practice.”
Elewuokun Family is comprising Olagbegi, Ajike and Ogunoye Royal family.
He said “the process of selecting another Prince to put on the shoes that Olowo Folagbade left behind is about to commence. The process, we pray it will be peaceful, enjoyable and interesting in accordance with the age long peaceful disposition of the people of this ancient town of the Yoruba people.”
“Contrary to the diverse views canvassed by people, both informed and uninformed, on the pages of newspapers, social and electronic media, our process is simple, clearly defined, and not opened to manipulation by any individual, or group of individuals. It is not a political issue, and is being handled by experienced, responsible and incorruptible members of the Ogho Royal family.”
The monarch who superintends over the Council of Omo-Olowos, whose duty will be to select a new Olowo, stated that the Prescribed form for those vying for the position is already on sale with a price tag of N25,000 as against the rumoured price of N500,000.
He further hinted that the Olowo that will emerge must be someone who is in tune with the culture of the ancient town and will be able to continue from the remarkable spot where the late Olowo stopped.
“The contest is opened to all qualified and interested Princes of the Elewuokun Family, and they are advised to pick up the Prescribed Form from the Secretariat of the Agba Omo-Olowos located at the Aafin Olowo. We have made the cost affordable at a modest fee of Twenty-five Thousand Naira only so as to provide a level playing ground for all the princes.
“We appeal to all the people of Owo, our friends and we’ll wishers to join with us to conduct a peaceful and rewarding selection exercise. We are sourcing for an Oba who will be a leader to move the people of this ancient town to higher heights.”
“We are shopping for an Oba who will be an inspiration to our people irrespective of their religious, personal or political inclinations, and we are hoping for an Oba who will be a bridge builder in Ondo State. We hope to get an Olowo who will make Owo great again”, Ojomoluda said.