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Osun lawyer faults CSO, says Olupo-elect people’s choice
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An Osun State-based lawyer, Mr. Bola Ige, has dismissed the alleged compromise by the kingmakers in Oluponna town, in the selection of Prince Rafiu Oyekanmi Mosobalaje as Olupo-elect.

The PUNCH had reported that a Civil Society Organisation, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace & Harmony in Africa Initiative, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Suliaman Suberu, accused Oluponna kingmakers of compromise in the selection process that had produced Prince Oyekanmi Mosobalaje as Oba-elect.

But reacting in a statement obtained in Osogbo on Thursday, Ige, an indigene of Oluponna, said the CSO’s position on the issue was incorrect and advised the group to desist from making further disparaging statements regarding the Olupo stool.

According to Ige, the kingmakers found Prince Mosobalaje worthy among the contestants, adding that the whole town went into jubilation after he emerged Oba-elect.

The statement read in parts, “To every discerning reader, there is more to the press statement of ADAPHAI than meets the ordinary eye as positions canvassed by it are strange. One expects it to come out clean on who takes what to compromise the rotation system, as well as, the affected
persons whose rights to stool were trampled upon by the powerful kingmakers.

“Setting the record straight, there are two ruling houses in Oluponna in accordance with the Declaration made pursuant to section 2 of the Chief Laws Caps 25 of the Customary Law Regulating the Oluponna Chieftaincy namely; Momiloye/Ayelabowo and Aregbesola ruling houses.

“When the last Olupo, Oba Emmanuel Oyeleso Onaolapo Oyebamiji, Fadare II, (who was from Aregbesola ruling house) joined his ancestors on the 3rd of January, 2022 there is no doubt that it is the turn of the Mobile/Ayelabowo to produce the next Olupo of Oluponna.

“The selection process took off, and three princes including Prince Rafiu Oyekanmi Mosobalaje, Prince Ayodele Oyewumi Oyedokun, and Prince Oludele Oyebode Oyediran (All from Momiloye/Ayelabowo ruling house) purchased expression of interest form from Ayedire South Local Council Development Area, were interviewed by the kingmakers. Eventually, the 13 kingmakers found Prince Mosobolaje worthy of the stool by unanimously electing him as the Olupo-elect on the 30th of August 2022. Where then comes the issue of compromise in the process of selection?

“Contrary to the claim of tension in the town after the election of Prince Mosobolaje, the whole town including those in diaspora went into a frenzy of jubilation, expressing their joy, enthusiasm and conviviality over his choice.”

The lawyer then urged the CSO to approach the court if it had any issue with the selection process instead of spreading unfounded information in public.