Like in Ogbomoso, pastor emerges Olowu-elect, OBJ, who is head of kingmakers, accused of taking bribes
As it happened in Ogbomoso in Oyo State, where a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Afolabi Gandhi Olaoye has emerged the Soun-elect, following an interview by the kingmakers, the newly pronounced Olowu-elect in Abeokuta, Ogun State is an Arch Bishop of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Rite Diocese. He is Dr. Adegbemi Atanda Adewale.
But similarly, opposition has sprung up against Dr Adewale by some of his opponents in the contest, who alleged the kingmakers of misdemeanour.
One of the aspirants, Prince Sunday Aremu Adelanwa, on Monday appealed to the kingmakers to immediately reverse the selection process which threw up Adewale as the new Olowu-elect.
Adelanwa who stated this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta said the selection process did not conform to the tradition of the kingdom.
He therefore called on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the Balogun and head of the Owu kingmakers to respect tradition by allowing the outcome of the consultations with the Yoruba deities to prevail in the process of enthroning the next Olowu of Owu..
Adelanwa alleged that the entire selection process was beset with irregularities, positing that the customs and traditions which used to be the guiding principle for the selection of an Oba in Owu was jettisoned.
According to Adelanwa, he was the leading candidate before monetary and other pecuniary gains allegedly exchanged hands between the kingmakers and the Olowu – elect, Archbishop Adegbemi.
It would be recalled that former President Obasanjo, who is the Balogun and head of the Owu Kingmakers had on the 10th of March, 2022, led other kingmakers in the statutory screening and selection process which eventually produced seven princes jostling for the Owu stool in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The screening process however produced an Archbishop of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Adegbemi Adewale, who came first with a total of 1, 027 points.