Chairman, Oloola of Ilara Regency Council, in Imeko/Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State, Chief Theophilus Adebisi Ogunrinde has explained why a new monarch has not emerged.
The last Oloola, Oba Samuel Alabi Adeluyi, who reigned for 37 years as traditional ruler in the Yewa town joined his ancestors last year.
Before he was upgraded to the first Oba in Ilara on September 24, 1991, Oba Adeluyi was first installed the Baale of the town on February 12, 1983.
In an interview with Chief Ogunrinde in the border town of Ilara, the chairman extolled the virtues of the late Oba and concluded that his reign brought peace, tranquility, and development to the town.
‘’We will never forget his reign as Oloola of Ilara. The reign was not only peaceful but witnessed unprecedented development in Ilara and its environs. For the records it is during his reign that Ilara for the first time in history had electricity in 2001 during the civilian administration of former governor Olusegun Osoba.
Ogunrinde added: ‘’The long stretch of motorable road from Imeko, the local government headquarters, to Ilara was also constructed by the administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel in 2004. It was also during his reign in 2013 when the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun facilitated the tarring of inner road, from Alagbe to Ata, a stretch of about 4 kilometres.’’
Speaking on the efforts of the council to have a new traditional ruler, Ogunrinde lamented that the process of picking a new Oloola had been stalled by a court injunction instituted by an aspirant to the royal stool.
According to him, a member of the ruling house, Fanigbe/Igbaka that supposed to fill the stool had gone to court preventing kingmakers from continuing the process of picking a new Oloola.
‘’After performing necessary traditional rites following the passage of the last Oloola and in our bid to have a successor to the late Oba Adeluyi, we asked the next ruling house, Fanigbe/Igbaka to send names of eligible princes from the royal house.
‘’The kingmakers have thought that they would send just one of them, but instead they sent three names for the stool. This made it inevitable for kingmakers to conduct election as well as following traditional and customary rites in picking the next Oloola.
‘’They (kingmakers) were in the process of embarking on their responsibilities when an aspirant headed to court, thereby stalling the process by the kingmakers and the regency council to pick a new traditional ruler for Ilara.
‘’As law abiding citizens, the kingmakers were constrained to stop the selection process, pending the determination of the court on the matter. As members of the regency council, we have appealed to the royal family to settle their differences and give the town a befitting personality as a successor to the late Oloola.’’
‘’But for the legal development, with dexterity with which all those involved in choosing a new Oloola have commenced the process, by now we would have reached an advanced stage in the selection process’’.
Ogunrinde, who became the Otunba in September 2005, explained that there are four ruling houses in Ilara, namely Isako, Idogbode, Otosu and Fanigbe/Igbaka respectively