The people of Ejigbo, Awori, Lagos State have been assured that sooner than they expect, they would have their much awaited traditional ruler.
This was made known to our correspondent during a telephone conversation with the media aide of Oba elect of Ejigbo, Prince Olawale Edagbeja.
On what is delaying the enthronement of the Oba elect of Ejigbo, Prince Adeola Goloba said he believed the Lagos State government is taking its time and not leaving any stone unturned to avoid the occurrence of the grievous mistake which took place in 1998 where the stool of Ijon was wrongly imposed on Ejigbo.
It will be recalled that on 3rd of November, 2017, during a stakeholder meeting between the Ojon of Ijan, HRM Oba Maroof Ojoola and the Elejigbo of Ejigbo elect, Prince Olawale Edagbeja with the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Elejigbo elect tendered judicial backings distinguishing the two communities and their headship with a Supreme court judgement with proceedings (SC57/51). Moreso, a Magistrate court matter that gave interlocutory injunction against Sule Ojon and his people who paraded himself as Oba Ojon of Ejigbo in IK/1664c/57 , a case that was instituted by Prince Yekini Goloba.
Prince Adeola Goloba however, expressed confidence that the Lagos State Government will oblige the people of Ejigbo their legitimate right and that the government is only taking its time considering the fact that this present government has a lot on its neck, most especially, in this run up to 2019 general elections. “To the people of Ejigbo, I am assuring them that No Retreat, No Surrender! Our rights shall definitely be reclaimed because the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. In the light of this, I have no doubt that the Lagos State Government will oblige us of our legitimate demands as at when due”.
VOA News had earlier reported, “Prince Olawale Edagbeja claimed the Ijon people are mere tenants in Ejigbo. Some other co- tenants which the Aworis in Ejigbo accommodated included; Ageke who settled at Imun-Agbayun and later relocated to somewhere for farming activities. Other settlers were; Akinsanya-Aja who settled at Ilamoshe in Ejigbo, also, Aagbaka, Ifoshi and later in 1861, the Ijons came in to Ejigbo to seek refuge when the Egba and Dahomey war broke out and they were displaced from their community. They are today assuming the titleship, ‘the Ojon of Ejigbo’, which the Prince said that only the Elejigbo of Ejigbo has the right to cap”.