Ogun: Chief petitions Oba Tejuoso over Chieftaincy matter - The People's Voice


Sunday, October 16, 2022

Ogun: Chief petitions Oba Tejuoso over Chieftaincy matter

Orile Ilawo, a town in the Odeda local government area of Ogun State may be enmeshed in a Chieftaincy crisis following the demise of the monarch of the town, Oba Aina who passed on about a year ago, one of the purported Chiefs in the town, Chief Lawrence Ogunsanya has been making frantic efforts to succeed the late monarch.

It was gathered that of recent, Chief Ogunsanya who some residents of the town regarded as impostor has cunningly been installed as the Akogun of Orile Ilawo following the suspension of Chief Wasiu Balogun.

Chief Balogun who was installed as the Akogun of Ilawo in 2016 by the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, was suspended following accusations from some chiefs in Ilawo that he was engaged in land granning, a move that was denied by Chief Wasiu Balogun.

But in spite of the denial and findings, the Chiefs went ahead and suspended Chief Wasiu Balogun, and within a twinkling of an eye, they cunningly went ahead and installed another person as Akogun of Orile Ilaho.

Chief Lawrence Ogunsanya was therefore installed as a replacement for Chief Wasiu Balogun who was merely suspended for phantom lies, in July 2022, a source told Our Correspondent.

This has therefore generated reactions and crisis in the town as the residents believe that Chief Wasiu Balogun was unjustly treated.

The action made Chief Balogun petition Oba Tejuoso on the illegality and called for the stoppage of the injustice.

A source added that "what broke the camel's back was that few weeks after his installation, Chief Ogunsanya has continue to root for how he is going to succeeded late Oba Aina as the Olu of Orile Ilawo.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Osi of Ilawo, Chief Olufade directed our correspondent to Oluwo of Orile Ilawo, saying that he holds a minor title compared to the Oluwo of the town.

"Yes it's only Oluwo that has the right to speak to you on the matter you asked me." - Chief Olufade stated.

Contacted the Akeweje of the town, Chief Kayode Sobande said "all that you were told are true, but it will be better if you can speak with those concerns".

Narrating his side of the story, Chief Wasiu Balogun said he was not around when the whole drama started, 
"I was in Ghana then, and they told me that they wanted to install Apagunpote, but not knowing that what they intend to do is to depose me".

"I know that these people are on wild goose chase, they can not remove me as Akogun of Ilawo, I was properly installed by his Majesty, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso and indigenes of the town, so all what they are doing is just drama.

"Though I was not born with any Chieftaincy title, but I am a full Ilawo son, my maternal and paternal homes are from Ilawo, and nobody can send me away from my home."

He vowed to defend what is his, calling on authorities to wade into the crisis rocking the town.

All efforts to get to Chief Lawrence Ogunsanya for his side of the story, as at the time of filing this report proves abortive.

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