The eligibility claims by Alabede Abdulganiyu to the kingship stool of the Ibese land in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have been refuted by the Kingmakers and Royal Families.
Speaking on the issue, the Somofe of Ibeseland and the Head of Kingmakers of the land, Chief Tajudeen Adewuyi stated that Alabede, who claimed to have come from the Alangbo Ruling House was not eligible to the stool.
He added that the process of Obaship in the town has been finalized, only waiting for the state government ratification and installation of the Oba Elect.
“In Ibese, we have two ruling houses, the Asakanran Alangbo and the Olokojobi ruling houses. The last king came from the Asakanran Alangbo ruling house, so it is the turn of the Olokojobi ruling house to produce a king for the town.
“I, as the Chairman of the Kingmakers, and the Adele of Ibese in collaboration with other traditional chiefs have made it clear to everybody that it is the turn of the Olokojobi ruling house to produce the next king.
“That is where out of the four contestants, Prince Rotimi Mulero was nominated and elected as the king and the official documents has been forwarded to the state government for final ratification and installation,” he clarified.
Chief Adewuyi however call on the state government to expedite action on the Ibese Kingship issue, adding that the delay in the installation of the Oba-elect is brewing this kind of confusion in the town.
When contacted, the Olori Ebi (Head of the Family) of Alangbo ruling house, Alhaji Oladitan distance himself and the family from Abdulganiyu Alabede, saying that the next king was to be produced by the Olokojobi ruling house and not Alangbo.
“Don’t take him (Alabede) seriously. He came to me one time and I made it known to him that we produced the last king that ruled for about 59 years, so it is the turn of the Olokojobi ruling house to produce the next king,” Alhaji Oladitan stressed.
The Olori Ebi of the Olokojobi ruling house, Pa. Nasiru Oniyide, on his part corroborated the stance of the kingmakers, adding that the delay in ratification process of their son the Oba-elect may be responsible for another unknown person coming up with uninformed twist to the obaship.
“It is our turn to produce the king and we have done the needful in that regard. We the Olokojobi ruling house had officially nominated four candidates way back 2019 January to be precised, and the kingmakers have chosen the most suitable Prince out of the contestants – that was done March 2019.
“All we are waiting for is the state government final approval so I don’t know where this new twist is coming from,” he queried
Also speaking, the head of the youth from Asakanran and Bamgboye family, a part of Alangbo ruling house, Prince Kayode Bamgboye described Alabede as a confusionist, saying that his antecedent is known as a land grabber.
“We don’t recognize him in my family. I can say it authoritatively as the youth leader of the Alangbo ruling house. I am born and brought up in Ibese and I know everything about the town.
“Alabede is not known to us. Where is his father’s house. He came in recently, causing problems as a land grabber, but thank God the kingmakers was able to have put his troubles to rest then.
“The impostor, Alabede Abdulganiyu is a wanted criminal by the police for murder in which he absconded over a year ago.
“All we know about Alabede is that, he is a land grabber, tout and public disturber who derive pleasure in crime. He is a wanted man at the police station, and until he clear his name off the murder case brought against him, we cannot be associated with him,” Prince Kayode stated.