Outgoing Governor Ibikunle Amosun Appoints 75 New Obas One Week To Tenure Expiration

One would think that because he is leaving his position as Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun would be more interested in mending fences with all and sundry, rather than cause more harm. That however, is not the case, as Amosun has instead created protests and controversies in Ogun State, with his recent appointments and installations of new Obas (traditional rulers), ahead of the end of his administration on May 29.

On Monday, May 20th, Amosun presented letters of appointment to 75 Baales (Village Chiefs), were promoted to coronet traditional rulers. This development has ruffled the feathers of many community leaders and monarchs. The issue has also affected Amosun’s cabinet, as his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko, resigned over chieftaincy disputes in Aworiland where he hails from.

The chiefs in Aworiland, led by the Seriki Ota, Chief Olanrewaju Bashorun, alleged “a plan by some influential people to illegally install kings in Awori towns”, which fall in the domain of the Olota of Ota, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege.

There has been protests at Ibese and Olorunda communities in the Yewa North and Abeokuta North local government areas, as angry communities opposed what they maintained was an “imposition of monarchs.”

The Amosun camp however is yet to address these issues or make a statement regarding the controversy

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