Loyalty is sweet! The luxury of a modern palace is irresistibly tempting! So also fame is coveted by all and sundry! If you are in agreement with this postulation, you may not need to cudgel your brains so much to unravel the mystery behind the current controversy over who emerges the new Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State.
It was gathered that the intrigue is heating up by the day, as the different sides involved are doing their best to outwit one another in a clandestine manner.
It all started when a group within the family publicly proclaimed its support for Prince (CSP) Hakeem Ajasa, who is from the Abisogun ruling house.
However, almost immediately the group made the public announcement, another group within the family kicked, saying the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, has not been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State.
The selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, was described by palace sources as a product of kangaroo election.
The family said in a public notice titled: “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”
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The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media weeks ago, that from time immemorial, no member of any royal family could imposes himself on the community.
In fact, it was alleged that Ajasa might have employed coercion to get his desire done.
While some aggrieved members of the Abisogun Royal House alleged that there was never any consensus to pick the top cop, some alleged that Ajasa, being a policeman, “had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house.”
Subsequently, the former Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State and later Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development in the state between 2007 and 2011, Aremo Adesegun Oniru in the company of his younger brother Prince Tijani Oniru was declared by Saliu Okanlawon Abisogun, who claims to be a member of the Abisogun Ruling House and some others, as the legitimate heir to the throne and the Oniru of Iruland elect.
Meanwhile, Society Rendezvous gathered that the matter has gone before the state government while top elders in Lagos have called to intervene and seek a lasting solution to the kingship tussle.
Another source said; Lagos state Goverment under Governor Sanwo-Olu is ready to work with anybody the kingmakers select.
“The Governor under the ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy affairs does not have a preffered candidate. They will not meddle into the selection process. Whosoever the kingmakers select will be accepted and handed over the staff of office. Lagos Government is waiting for an election devoid of discrepancy and fraud. Only time will be the umpire on this tussle.”
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