The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko has approved the appointment of a 90 year old Owu man, Sodeinde as the Olu of Iju Ota, Awori land.
In a letter dated 3rd of November, 2017 and signed by the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs approves Sodeinde as a Coronet Oba of Iju land.
The first paragraph of the letter reads, “I have the greatest pleasure to inform Kabiyesi that in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) of section 2 of the Chiefs laws of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006, the Government of Ogun State of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the first Olu of Iju- Otta, in Iju/Atan/Ilogbo Local Council Development Area with effect from 2nd November, 2017”.
It will be recalled that few months ago, State Government’s delegation played host to the Olota in council which consists of Chief B.Osunlabu, the Ekerin of Ota, Chief Sikiru Anibire, the Onikosi of Ota, Chief Clement Akinyemi, the Ajana of Ijana Ota, Chief Isiaka Idowu, Balogun of Ota and Chief Wadud Deinde, the Akogun of Oruba Ota. It was said at the meeting by the State Government’s delegation that they are prepared to upgrade the four quarters Chiefs in Ota to the position of Coronet Obas and that will come as a bait to install Sodeinde as the Olu of Iju Ota. They further stressed that this is the best time to carry out such plan in that the position of Olota of Ota is not currently occupied. In addition, Sodeinde is only a 90 year old and his span as an Oba will soon come to an end. More so, they are ready to create two ruling houses in Iju Ota, which are Owu and Ota ruling houses.
VOA reliably gathered that the approval letter to commence the installation process of the next Olota of Ota has also been released by the Ministry.
Dissatisfaction has thus far been expressed over the development as indigenes of the town vowed to seek legal redress if their peaceful demonstration which they are prepared to stage against the decision is not effective.
All efforts to get the Commissioner in order to speak on the matter proved abortive as he has not responded to the message being sent to him as at press time.