“It’s unfortunate Deji, Oba Aladetoyinbo is parading fake Olus to fight Akure North Monarchs”

By: Ade Adetona

The Association of Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State has condemned a recent misleading press statement credited to forty Olus in the Local Government, allegedly pledging their allegiance to the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi over the ongoing royal battle between the Deji and the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government.

The Olus noted it was unfortunate for the Deji to be parading fictitious village heads/Olus to attack Akure North monarchs.

The 25 member- Association in a Press Statement signed by all its members including its President, Olu of Ilado, Chief J. K. Ajomale, alleged Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi, the Obalogun of Igoba, of fraudulently orchestrating and impersonating the Olus and Baales in the local government area.

The Association explained that in fact, the entire communities and villages in Akure North Local Government, including those headed by Recognized Chiefs/Baale or Obas, are less than thirty, wondered where the Deji and Obalogun came up with fictitious list of forty Olus/Baales that purportedly signed the recent Statement.

“”For the purpose of clarity and record, we wish to state that we have read a copy of the press statement credited to the alleged forty Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government, and discovered that thirty-three of them are either fictitious persons, or not heads of any community or village that is known to the people of the Local Government or the State.

“We observed that the first signatory in the fraudulent press statement is one Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi, the Obalogun of Igoba. The Obalogun of Igoba is however not an Olu or Baale, and therefore not a member of our Association.

“As a matter of fact, Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi had submitted a hand-written application for membership to our Association, dated 18th September, 2017, to which he attached his certificate of installation as the Obalogun of Igoba by Oba Joseph Oluwadare Agunbiade, the Oloba of Oba-Ile. We attach both documents to this Press Statement.”

“We wish to state, unequivocally, that we the Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government operate under the auspices of an Association that is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission through our incorporated Trustees, with Registration No: CAC/IT/NO 37608 and a Certificate of Registration dated the 9th day of March, 2010. The certificate of Registration is attached hereto.

“Our Association comprises less than twenty-five members. In fact, the entire communities in Akure North Local Government, including those headed by Recognized Chiefs or Obas, are less than thirty.

“It would therefore be most absurd to anybody or institution who is familiar with Akure North Local Government geography, including the Local, State and Federal Government authorities, that some persons are misrepresenting themselves as Olus or Baales of forty communities or villages in the same Local Government.

Our Association was formed and registered to protect and advance the legitimate interests of its members, and it is devoid of politics or senseless propaganda. We therefore warn those who are using or passing off the name and goodwill of our Association to deceive unsuspecting members of the public, for whatever motive known to them, to desist from such actions, or face appropriate legal consequences.”

“Conclusively, we the authentic members of the Association of Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area, hereby declare our total support for the recent press statement issued by the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government, over the renewed false and provocative claim by the Deji of Akure of being the consenting and prescribed authority for all minor chieftaincies in Akure North Local Government Area.

“Making any further pronouncements on the issue now, outside the exhaustive Press Statement by the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government, particularly when there are pending cases in court on the same, is, in our opinion, unnecessary,” the Association of Akure North Olus and Baales said.

A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE ASSOCIATION OF OLUS AND BAALES IN AKURE NORTH LOCAL GOVERNEMNT AREA OF ONDO STATE ON THE RECENT REPORT OF ALLEGED PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE DEJI OF AKURE BY 40 OLUS IN AKURE NORTH.

The attention of the Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State has been drawn to a recent misleading press statement credited to forty Olus in the Local Government, allegedly pledging their allegiance to the Deji of Akure, over the ongoing impasse between the Deji and the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government.

We wish to state, unequivocally, that we the Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government operate under the auspices of an Association that is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission through our incorporated Trustees, with Registration No: CAC/IT/NO 37608 and a Certificate of Registration dated the 9th day of March, 2010. The certificate of Registration is attached hereto as Annexure A.

Our Association comprises less than twenty-five members. In fact, the entire communities in Akure North Local Government, including those headed by Recognized Chiefs or Obas, are less than thirty. It would therefore be most absurd to anybody or institution who is familiar with Akure North Local Government geography, including the Local, State and Federal Government authorities, that some persons are misrepresenting themselves as Olus or Baales of forty communities or villages in the same Local Government.

Our Association was formed and registered to protect and advance the legitimate interests of its members, and it is devoid of politics or senseless propaganda. We therefore warn those who are using or passing off the name and goodwill of our Association to deceive unsuspecting members of the public, for whatever motive known to them, to desist from such actions, or face appropriate legal consequences.

For the purpose of clarity and record, we wish to state that we have read a copy of the press statement credited to the alleged forty Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government, and discovered that thirty-three of them are either fictitious persons, or not heads of any community or village that is known to the people of the Local Government or the State.

The names of seven Olus, who are our members, were however inserted as signatories to the press statement. The seven Olus and Baales are: (1) Chief Sunday Adebayo, the Asakin Abo, (2) Chief Samuel Aliu Adegehingbe, the Olumafon, (3) Chief Elijah Eleyineko, the Olu of Ala/Ajagbusi, (4) Chief Micheal Aboluwoye, the Olu of Ileyo, (5) Chief William Akinyemi, the Olu of Igusi, (6) Chief Akinsehinde Adanri, the Olu of Igbatoro Olobi, and (7) Chief Jide Fadahunsi, the Olu of Daada.

All the seven Olus have expressed shock and embarrassment at what they described as the fraudulent inclusion of their names in the orchestrated and fraudulent press statement. For this reason, the seven Olus have requested to be, and are indeed signatories to this press statement, in addition to the other accredited representatives of our Association.

The seven Olus are among the fourteen signatories authorized to sign this press statement, and the document evidencing their signature is attached hereto as Annexure B.

We observed that the first signatory in the fraudulent press statement is one Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi, the Obalogun of Igoba. The Obalogun of Igoba is however not an Olu or Baale, and therefore not a member of our Association. As a matter of fact, Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi had submitted a hand-written application for membership to our Association, dated 18th September, 2017, to which he attached his certificate of installation as the Obalogun of Igoba by Oba Joseph Oluwadare Agunbiade, the Oloba of Oba-Ile. We attach both documents to this Press Statement, as Annexures C and D respectively.

Our Association however denied Chief Adinlewa Adeniyi’s application, upon ascertaining that Igoba is a just a Quarter in Oba-Ile, and not a separate community having its distinct Olu or Oba. Obalogun of Igoba is not just a Chief of Oloba, but also one of the Kingmakers of the Oloba of Oba-Ile, as confirmed in pages 21-22 of the Ondo State Government White Paper on Justice Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission, in a gazette published in July, 1981.

We therefore condemn the action of the Obalogun of Igoba, in using and passing off the name and membership of our Association to orchestrate the fraudulent Press Statement, and we have drawn the attention of the Oloba of Oba-Ile, his Prescribed Authority, to his ignoble action. We hope the Oloba of Oba-Ile will take decisive action on our complaint in this regard.

Conclusively, we the authentic members of the Association of Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area, hereby declare our total support for the recent press statement issued by the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government, over the renewed false and provocative claim by the Deji of Akure of being the consenting and prescribed authority for all minor chieftaincies in Akure North Local Government Area.

Making any further pronouncements on the issue now, outside the exhaustive Press Statement by the Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government, particularly when there are pending cases in court on the same, is, in our opinion, unnecessary.

We can only urge all the parties to maintain peace, and respect the dignity of their respective traditional stools.

Signed by:

1. Chief J.K Ajomale, the Olu of Ilado
2. Chief Ogunjebi Abiodun, the Olu of Okeoge-Ayejori
3. Chief Akinsehinde Adanri, the Olu of Igatoro Olobi
4. Chief Elijah Eleyineko, the Olu of Ala/ Ijagbusi
5. Chief William Akinyemi Adeoye, the Olu of Igusi
6. Chief Adesina Olomi Agunbiade, the Olu of Eleyowo
7. Chief Akinlolu Dada, the Olu of Odudu
8. Chief Samuel Elewuju Fadahunsi, the Olu of Isinigbo
9. Chief Adegbehingbe Samuel Aliu, the Olu of Imafon
10. Chief Gabriel Toba Adeduro, the Olu of Asaboro
11. Chief Micheal Aboluwoye
12. Chief Adebayo Sunday, the Olu of Asakin Abo
13. Chief Rotimi Tominiyi, the Olu of Ilado Elemo
14. Chief Olawale Omotayo, the Olu of Araromi
(For themselves and the entire members of the Association of Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area)

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