Obasanjo, kingmakers examine seven princes, forward list to Abiodun –
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Kingmakers of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State screened Seven Princes jostling for the Olowu Stool of Owu in Abeokuta North Local Government Area in Ogun State .
Obasanjo, who is the Balogun of the Owu Kingdom, led other Kingmakers in the statutory selection process, which lasted approximately seven hours on Wednesday, March 30.
They however forwarded the list of elected candidates to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for approval and announcement of the new Olowu.
Otileta Ruling House, following the advice of Abeokuta North Local Government Area, as the ruling house to produce the next Olowu of Owu, had selected 12 princes, who were nominated by five compounds that made up the ruling house.
Our correspondent gathered that out of the 12 preselected princes, seven of them were however cleared and appointed on March 10, including an Archbishop of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Dr. Adegbemi Adewale.
The other six candidates named with Adewale, an African doctor of law and native of Aderinoye Island, are Princes Adelani Oladimeji of Omo’le Efon Island; Matemilola Adelola from Soke Island and Olatidoye Olaniyi from Soke.
Others are the Adeyanju Bakinson princes of Otopo Island; Simeon Soyele from Ile Lumosa and Adesina Adelani from Ile Soke.
It was further found that there was no voting by the delegates during the pre-selection, marks were awarded based on the performance of each of the candidates, during the pre-selection and interview sessions.
According to the score sheet, Prince Adegbemi Adewale, who holds a doctorate, came first with 1,027 points; Prince Adelani Oladimeji scored 909 points and Matemilola Adelola scored 886 points, while Prince Olatidoye Olaniyi scored 863 points.
Other scores are Prince Adeyanju Bakinson, 862 points; Simeon Soyele, 827 points, and Adesina Adelani, 801 points.
Our correspondent gathered following the appointment, the kingmakers led by Obasanjo last Wednesday carried out seven hours of screening on all the princes.
Flawless palace sources suggested that Obasanjo spoke to the seven candidates before and after rounds of interviews attended by both the local government secretary of Abeokuta North and other officials.
One of the sources said the process was “thorough, transparent and neat because everyone was hired by the Kingmakers”.
The source further said that no voting took place during the exercise but the kingmakers passed their report to Governor Dapo Abiodun.
According to the sources, “Obasanjo said that the outcome of the review rests on the shoulders of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, whose statutory duty is to announce the Oba.”
Hundreds of sons and daughters of the kingdom had invaded the Oke Ago-Owu, the palace of the Olowu where kingmakers interviewed candidates, hoping to receive an announcement from Olowu’s chosen one.
The Governor is expected to announce the new Olowu, in a few days it has been reliably collected.
The Olowu stool became vacant, following the death of the late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, who joined his ancestors on December 12, 2021.