Orile-Owu gets new monarch

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the appointment of Alhaji Dauda Ajolola Akinfalabi as the new Olowu of Orile-Owu in Ayedaade South Local Council Development Area.

A statement from the office of the Director of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Olanlawon, says the appointment took effect from Tuesday 2nd August, 2016.

The statement said that the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti had passed the instrument containing the approval of Mr. Governor to the Ministry of Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs.

The stool of Olowu of Orile-Owu became vacant following the death of Oba Moses Adesosu Adejobi of Afelele Ruling House on March 15, 2011 who died with his wife, Funmilayo, in a motor accident.

Since then, two persons from the same Ruling House have been locked in a battle of wits on who becomes Olowu of Orile-Owu.

A court sitting in Ikire, Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun state, on Friday July 15, 2016 had ordered Governor Rauf Aregbesola to install Prince Akinfalabi after five years of legal tussle.

Not satisfied with the judgment, the defendants immediately filed a stay of execution and notice of appeal.

Justice Olubukola Ayoola in the judgment held that the descendants of Olatibonu of Apena’s compound in Orile-Owu are not eligible to be nominated or appointed to fill the vacant stool because they are not members of Lagbedu Ruling house.

However, in the notice of appeal signed by Counsel to the respondents, Mrs Olateju Kolawole, the respondents sought an order of the court, setting aside the judgment of the lower court.