Pastor Adeboye didn’t sit on my seat, Olugbon explains

The Olugbon of Orile-Igbon in Oyo State, Oba Francis Alao, on Monday, explained why the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, sat on one of his palace chairs at a recent occasion in his domain.

The PUNCH reports that controversy had trailed a viral photograph on social media capturing Adeboye sitting on the royal seat.

But Olugbon, who is also the Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, in a statement he personally signed, said, “My attention has been drawn to different kinds of reactions to a photo circulating in the social media where the G.O. of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye, sat on one of the palace chairs.

“Let me set the record straight by reminding all that Pastor Adeboye was in Orile-Igbon for an evangelism programme, which held on the playground of Olugbon High School. His chopper landed in an open space within the palace from where I received him to my living room. We spent some time talking about Nigeria and Orile-Igbon before we moved to the venue of the programme where thousands of people already gathered.

“I joined the revered priest to the venue as a mark of support for the programme given that his coming to the ancient town will be a blessing to us. And he did pray for both the town and everyone who attended.

“As a mark of honour, I offered one of the ceremonial royal chairs that are usually reserved for top dignitaries to Pastor Adeboye to be used at the programme. It should be noted that the chair is not the particular one that is reserved for the Olugbon which cannot be shared with anyone because of its spiritual and historical significance.

“The royal chairs are provided in palaces to honour high-ranking dignitaries, not to desecrate the throne. I, therefore, seek the understanding of all those expressing concern about the issue. There is a traditional royal chair that is meant for only the Kabiyesi, and there are traditional ceremonial chairs for very important persons. The throne of the ancient town of Orile-Igbon remains sacrosanct.”

The monarch, also in the state, felicitated Christians on Christmas, noting that it was  “another occasion of celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a worldwide celebration.”

“I urge all followers of Christ in Nigeria to use this period to reflect on the multiple blessings of God, particularly the grace to be alive to witness another Christmas.

“Aside from eating and drinking to celebrate his birth, Christmas is a time to make a new commitment to ensuring that our lives mirror Christ in every way. We should make a commitment to a life of righteousness, honesty and showing love to fellow men regardless of their faith and cultural beliefs,” Olugbon said.

(Punch)

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Aseyin stool: Case in court, don’t present staff of office, lawyer tells Makinde

A legal practitioner, Abideen Adeniran, on Sunday, warned the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to suspend his planned presentation of staff of office to the new Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Sefiu Oyebola, Adeyeri III, Ajirotutu I.

The PUNCH reports that the state government had, recently, announced officially that the presentation of staff of office and coronation of the new Aseyin, Oba Oyebola, will be held on Thursday, December 14.

The stool became vacant in 2022 after Oba Abdul-Ganiyu Salawudeen, Ajinese Ologunebi 1, joined his ancestors at the age of 62.

Adeniran, however, contended that the Oyo State government, under the leadership of Makinde, should be conscious of the pendency of a suit marked HOI/04/2023 before the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Iseyin, over the contest for the stool of the ancient town.

In a statement in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, Adeniran, who is the counsel for Prince Abdulganiyu Bolanle, warned the government to stay action on its plan to present staff of office to Oba Oyebola.

He said, “As Your Excellency knows very well, whenever an injunction has been applied for and the same is pending before a court of competent jurisdiction, it is apposite for all concerned not to do anything that will affect the subject matter of the injunction until the motion for an injunction has been heard and determined by the High Court even if no order of injunction has been made.

“I humbly refer you to the case of Governor of Lagos State vs Emeka Ojukwu (1986) 1 NWLR (Pt.18) 621/636H where the Supreme Court stated the law as follows: After a defendant has been notified of the pendency of a suit seeking an injunction against him, even though a temporary injunction may not be granted, he acts at his peril and subject to the power of the court to restore the status wholly irrespective of the merits as may be ultimately decided.

“In view of the above state of the law, Your Excellency is hereby respectfully enjoined not to do anything to fill the vacancy now existing in the Aseyin of Iseyin chieftaincy until the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction now pending before the Iseyin High Court has been heard and determined by the court.”

(Punch)

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Nigeria needs total restructuring – Oyo gov Makinde

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said that a complete restructuring of Nigeria is needed if the country must move forward.

Makinde stated this in Awka, on Thursday, during the 12th Annual Zik Lecture.

According to the governor, over 60 years after independence, Nigeria has managed to remain indiscernible after going through the civil war and several elections.

He eulogised the late Nnamdi Azikiwe, saying that the Zik of Africa fought to ensure Nigeria remained one.

He said, “A complete restructuring of Nigeria is needed at the moment if the country must move forward. What we should be talking about right now is what structure will work best for us.

“Zik was a dynamic man who was determined to play in accordance with the time. If Zik were alive today and still able to influence Nigeria, what would he be telling us right now? One thing for sure is that Zik will not be saying that because someone from this part of the country did not win the election, therefore, Nigeria should be divided.

“What is before us is not just uniting Nigeria, but uniting Africa. I don’t think Zik will tell us to divide Nigeria. There would not have been the issue of ethnicity if we listened to what Zik told us in the past.”

He added that the reason for the high ethnicity is that governance is too concentrated in the centre.

“The reason for the high ethnicity is because governance is too concentrated in the center. We should sit down and think of what would have happened if XYZ had become the president or we look at the healthy competition between us and use it to move the country forward.

“Zik of Africa as he was fondly called was born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria. He came from Eastern Nigeria. We can understand why he had a national outlook and why he believed in one indivisibility Nigeria.

“The year 2023, we have just risen from another election where ethnicity was used as a tool for campaign and religion was on the front burner. I was part of the G-5 governors then, who believed that the presidency should come to the southern part of Nigeria but some people said “Emi lo kan”.

“Well, this event, Zik’s annual lecture, is another opportunity for us to talk about nation-building. Zik spoke Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. He believed that the political union of Nigeria was indiscernible.

“Today, over 60 years after independence, Nigeria has managed to remain indisputable. We went through the civil war and several elections, yet we have remained one.

“From our history and circumstances surrounding Zik’s birth, and the role he played, we shouldn’t be talking of, should we be together, of course, we are together,” the governor added.

In attendance at the event were the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, Anambra state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, among others.

(Punch)

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Soun of Ogbomosho to appeal removal – Palace source

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ogbomoso, on Wednesday, nullified the selection of Oba Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun of Ogbomoso.

The PUNCH had reported that Ghandi was installed as the new Soun of Ogbomosho on September 8, 2023, months after the throne had become vacant following the death of the late Oba Jimoh Oyewumi on December 12, 2021. Oba Oyewumi, who died aged 95, ruled for  48 years.

It will also be recalled that one of the contestants to the throne, Prince Kabir Olaoye,  approached the court challenging Ghandi’s emergence and the process that brought him to the throne.

In the suit marked HOG/27/2022, the plaintiff  alleged irregularities in the process that led to Ghandi’s emergence as Soun of Ogbomosho.

Delivering his judgment, however, in a suit filed by Laoye, Justice Kareem Adedokun, ruled that the selection process that led to Ghandi’s emergence was fraught with illegalities.

The judge held that Ghandi was not validly nominated by the Laoye Ruling House and declared that “the nomination; approval by the state government and installation by the kingmakers was null and void.”

The judge, therefore, granted the prayer of the plaintiff that “the nomination be set aside” and ordered “a fresh process.”

Meanwhile, a palace source told our correspondent that the judgment would be appealed, urging the people to be calm.

“The case will definitely be appealed and so, people should not fret. In the case instituted by Prince Olaoye, the judge said the process was proper and valid but now the same process is faulted. It is conflicting, the Appeal Court will resolve that. People should be calm,” the palace source said.

(Punch)

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Alaafin stool: Absence of judge stalls hearing in suit filed by nine royal families

The absence of the presiding judge on Thursday stalled the hearing in the suit seeking the inclusion of nine royal families in the selection of the new Alaafin of Oyo.

The Alaafin stool became vacant as a result of the transition of Oba Lamidi Atanda Olayiwola Adeyemi, who joined his ancestors in April 2022 at the age of 83.

While the selection process for the 46th Alaafin of Oyo has since commenced, nine out of the 11 royal families from the Abiodun Atiba dynasty have called for the inclusion of their kinsmen in the selection process.

The nine families argued that it was wrong to allow only two families, Alowolodu and Agunloye, to produce the Alaafin of Oyo.

Three members of the nine families (named the Atiba 9) had filed a suit at the Oyo State High Court in Oyo town for the families’ inclusion in the selection process.

They are seeking an order directing the state government to review the Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration to include the nine royal families. Their argument is premised on the 1976 State Executive Council Resolution that pronounced the declaration defective for excluding the nine families.

The families are seeking an order voiding the declaration and rendering it invalid for the selection of a new Alaafin.

The absence of the presiding judge, however, stalled the hearing on Thursday.

The court subsequently gave November 28 as the new hearing date.

(Daily Post)

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Ogun bank official flees with N1.97m, arrested in Oyo

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a credit officer of a microfinance bank, Esther Hamidu, after allegedly fleeing with customers’ contributions totalling N1.97m.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Hamidu absconded with the daily contribution of the bank’s customers which spanned between March and December 2023.

Our correspondent learnt that a branch manager of the bank in Abeokuta, the state capital, who discovered that the contribution had not been remitted, reported the matter to the police.

 After several failed attempts to make the suspect remit the contribution, Hamidu was said to have disappeared into thin air despite police efforts to arrest her.

However, a source in the state police command who did not want to be mentioned in print said the suspect had been apprehended.

 While confirming her arrest to PUNCH Metro on Saturday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said the suspect was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Friday.

 “Yes, she has been arrested. She has been transferred from Ibadan, where she was arrested, to Ogun State. She has confessed to the crime. She could not explain what she did with the money,” Odutola told PUNCH Metro on Sunday.

(Punch)

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APC loses another prominent member in Oyo

Another prominent member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Alhaji Wale Adedibu is dead.

He died on Saturday after a brief illness.

The death of Adedibu is coming a few days after the demise of the APC women leader in Oyo North Senatorial district.

The APC women leader, Princess Adebowale Atoyebi, died last week.

Senator representing Oyo South senatorial district, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli, while reacting, said that the news of Adedibu’s death came as a rude shock to him.

Alli in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Akeem Abas, described Adedibu as a committed and dedicated party member.

He added that the deceased worked tirelessly for the growth of the party in the State.

He said that Adedibu’s death was a reminder of the fragility of life and the need for all to cherish every moment.

He expressed condolences to the family, friends, political associates and the APC family on the tragic loss.

(Daily Post)

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Obasanjo fumes, orders traditional rulers to stand, welcome him

There was mild drama on Friday when former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a trending video on social media, ordered some Yoruba monarchs to stand up and greet him.

Obasanjo who was in Oyo state on the invitation of Governor Seyi Makinde made the remarks during the commissioning of a 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road and the completed Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Iseyin Campus, which houses the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources.

He said in Yoruba, “I greet the kings and chiefs here sitting; I am grateful that you are here. Let me say this: wherever the president or governor is, the kings present must stand up to honour him.

“In Yoruba land, there are two things that are most respected among others: age and position. When a governor is still in power, he’s more powerful than any king.

“Even when I was president, I prostrated for kings outside, and when we went inside, the kings would prostrate for me. So, let’s always celebrate our culture.”

(Punch)

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New Soun of Ogbomoso installed, traditional rites to commence soon – Kingmakers

A former pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Prince Afolabi Ghandi Laoye, on Friday, was installed as the new Soun of Ogbomosoland in Oyo State.

The PUNCH had reported that Laoye, who was based in the United States of America, arrived in Ogbomoso early in the morning in a private chopper, which landed at Ogbomoso Grammar School, before moving to the palace.

It will be also be recalled that the Soun of Ogbomoso stool became vacant after Oba Jimoh Oyewumi transited to the great beyond, on December 12, 2021.

However, some members of the family opposed the approval, thereby heading to court, arguing that he was not part of the process right from the beginning and that he shouldn’t be crowned against their wish.

The family members instituted the suit, marked HOG/27/2022, in July 2022, against the nomination of Ghandi Olaoye by the kingmakers, citing various irregularities in the procedures that produced him thereby praying the court to, among other reliefs, set aside the nomination and to order a fresh process.

The judge, A.K. Adedokun, fixed the judgement day after Olaoye’s counsel, Oladapo Atanda, and Kolawole Fatoye, who represented Ghandi and the kingmakers adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the suit.

The defendants in the case include the Oyo State Governor, Oyo State Attorney General, Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Ogbomoso North Local Government, Ogbomoso North Traditional Council, and Prince Amos Olawole Olaoye (Mogaji Olaoye Ruling House) who are 1st to 6th defendants respectively.

The 7th to 11th defendants are the kingmakers: Chief S.O. Otolorin (Areago of Ogbomoso and Chairman), Chief Salawu Ajadi (Jagun), Chief Tijani Abioye (Bara), Cheif David Adeniran Ojo (Ikolaba) and Chief Yusuf Oladipupo (Abese) while Prince Ghandi Olaoye, the Soun nominee, is the 12th defendant.

The plaintiff, while claiming that the regulations guiding the nomination to fill the vacant stool of Soun Chieftaincy Ogbomoso which include the Soun Chieftaincy Declaration (1958), Ogbomoso District Native Authority Resolution (1953) and Oyo State Chiefs Law (2000) were grossly violated, sought relief that the procedure for Ghandi’s nomination was inconclusive in that a minority committee performed the task instead of the whole members of the family.

“A declaration that the procedure adopted for the nomination of candidate or candidates to fill the vacant stool of Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy by the members of Laoye Ruling House through the purported 11-member screening committee was inconclusive.

“The member of the Olaoye ruling house as a family was denied their legal right of having a final say in voting and/or ratifying the aforesaid report at the time the kingmakers acted upon it, not strictly the method envisaged under the native law and custom, the Laoye ruling house as a body entitled to nominate a candidate for appointment to the stool of Soun and not by the minority of the members of the larger body.”

He wanted the court to declare that the active participation of the 4th defendant (Ogbomoso North Local Government) in the process leading to the emergence of Ghandi Olaoye rather than being a mere observer invalidates the process.

The claimant, therefore, sought orders of the court to set aside the nomination of Ghandi, noting the procedure that produces him contravenes native law and custom for the selection of a candidate for selection of a new Soun.

In addition, the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th defendants represented by Kolawole Fatoye, Olalekan Oguntoye and O.E. Igene filed counter-claims to which the claimant also filed defence.

The legal team of 7th to 10th defendants which also represented Ghandi, urged the court to “dismiss the claim and grant the counterclaim” noting that “all the procedure as itemized above clearly showed that the 12th defendant was duly nominated by the Laoye ruling house and selected by the kingmakers.”

It asserted that the plaintiff filed “this action because the selection did not favour him having participated along with others in the nomination and selection exercise.”

The judge, Adedokun, therefore, fixed October 3 for the judgement.

On Saturday, September 2, however, the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, had in a statement by his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, approved the selection of Olaoye as the next Soun.

Again, on Thursday, the state High Court in Ogbomoso restrained the governor, the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters either by themselves, agents, or officials from presenting any instrument of office in any form of ceremony or issuance of the certificate of installation to Olaoye until the final determination of the mandatory injunction already filed before the court.

However, the new monarch was at the palace, on Friday, for an official installation which was performed at Abata by the kingmakers led by the Areago High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin.

The kingmakers said they did not receive any court injunction restraining them from installing Ghandi as the new Soun of Ogbomoso.

He is billed to commence the traditional rites soon.

The new Oba is proclaimed His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye Orumogege III.

(Punch)

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Makinde appoints new Soun of Ogbomoso

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved the appointment of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun-elect of Ogbomosoland.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said in a statement on Saturday that the announcement followed the long-drawn processes specified under the law.

He said “His Excellency congratulates the new Soun-elect on his ascension to the throne of his forebears.”

The Commissioner said the exalted position has placed the monarch-elect in the position to facilitate harmony, understanding and tolerance amongst his people.

The Commissioner also urged all sons and daughters of the ancient city of Ogbomoso to work with the monarch to consolidate the successes of his forefathers.

Platinum reports that the last occupant of the stool, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, joined his ancestors on December 12th, 2021 at 111years.

Oba Oyewunmi ascended the throne on October 24, 1973 and ruled the ancient town for almost five decades.

Details later…

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