Wednesday April 3rd, 2022
There is the possibility that a cleric emerge the new Olowu of Owu Kingdom in Abeokuta – the way a pastor recently emerged the new Soun of Ogbomoso-elect.
The reason is that kingmakers of the Owu kingdom have concluded screening of seven princes jostling for the Olowu of Owu stool in Abeokuta- North Local Government Area of Ogun State – and one of them is an archbishop in the Methodist Church.
He is Dr Adegbemi Adewale, while others include Princes Adelani Oladimeji, Matemilola Adelola and Olatidoye Olaniyi.
The statutory selection process by the six kingmakers was said to have taken place last Wednesday and lasted for about seven hours.
The Otileta Ruling House, whose turn it is to produce the next Olowu of Owu, screened 12 princes who were nominated by the five compounds that made up the ruling house.
Others are Princes screened are Adeyanju Bakinson, Simeon Soyele and Adesina Adelani.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted a source as saying said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the Balogun (Chief warrior) of Owu kingdom, had addressed the seven candidates during the screening witnessed by Secretary of Abeokuta – North Local Government and other council officials.
The source explained that the screening process was “thorough, transparent and neat because every candidate was engaged by the kingmakers.”
It added that no voting took place during the exercise but the kingmakers had already forwarded their report to Gov. Dapo Abiodun.
The source added that the kingmakers had explained that the final outcome of the exercise would be made public by Gov. Abiodun whose statutory duty it is to announce the new Oba.
Hundreds of the sons and daughters of the kingdom had thronged the Oke Ago-Owu Palace in Abeokuta where the kingmakers interviewed the candidates, hoping to receive an announcement of the Olowu-elect.
The Olowu stool became vacant following the demise of the late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, who joined his ancestors on Dec. 12, 2021.