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Ogun To Review Appointment Of 75 Obas

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The Ogun State government, yesterday, set up a committee to review the appointments, installations and promotions of traditional rulers in the state carried out by the immediate past governor, Ibikunle Amosun, in the twilight of his administration.

It would be recalled that a total of 75 people were appointed and installed as Obas by Amosun across the state, a move, which has continued to elicit condemnations, even from the Ogun State House of Assembly, which passed a resolution suspending the installed Obas on grounds that their manner of appointment didn’t follow due process.

Also, a front line politician and Egba businessman, High Chief Alani Bankole, condemned Amosun’s installation of 75 Obas in one swoop, describing the action as “pure madness.”

Chief Bankole, who is a traditional kingmaker in Egbaland, said a governor is not elected to disrupt the social and cultural system of a people, lamenting that even in a community where the residents were less than 200, Amosun, allegedly, appointed an Oba there, wondering the rational behind such decision.

However, in a statement by the newly appointed chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Kunle Somorin, and made available to The Nation, the state government stated that the Review Committee comprises His Royal Majesty, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland (chairman); His Royal Highness, Oba Yinusa  Adekoya, the Dagburewe of Idowa; His Royal Highness, Oba Adewale Osiberu; the Elepe of Epe, Sagamu;  High Chief Yinka Kufile, the Aro of Egbaland; Mr. Babajide Oyeti, former permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs;  and Mr Lanre Osota, the current permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who will serve as secretary to the committee.

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