The government of Ogun State is contemplating nullifying Mr Taiwo Taiwo as the Onipara-elect, a reliable source from Ogun State Governor’s office Revealed.
The source disclosed that “The petition which has gone viral on the internet and written by Ipara Cultural Heritage Protection Council has received the attention of Chief Dapo Abiodun who is not comfortable with the content of the petition.
The source, one of the Senior Special Assistants to Governor Abiodun disclosed that “The Governor is feeling uncomfortable and irritated because he had earlier warned his staff not to involve or meddle in the selection process of any vacant traditional stools in the state. This, he was perturbed that some of his aides were fingered as active participants in the said petition”
The source added “His Excellency, Chief Dapo Abiodun apart from the fact that he is from Remo has a lot of regard to traditional institutions and processes of ascending the throne as laid down by our forefathers and has zero-tolerance with whatever will pitch his government against any tradition institution and process of ascending the throne of an Oba in the state.”
It would be recalled that in the petition written by Ipara Cultural Heritage Protection Council, the petitioners alleged that ‘The emergence of Taiwo Taiwo as the Onipara elect is the highest frightening traditional fraud ever perpetrated in Ipara land since its foundation by the great hero Ogunola. A daylight robbery planned, nurtured and prosecuted by a non–kingmaker, Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi, in conjunction with Hon. Adebiyi Adeleye, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Political Affairs and Hon. Abiodun Somoye, Chairman, Remo North Local Government Council and his willing tool Secretary, Hon Muyiwa Sodade.’
The petition also stressed further that “It was Chief Ogunbiyi with the active connivance with of Hon. Adebiyi Adeleye, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Political Affairs and Hon. Abiodun Somoye, Chairman Remo North Local Government who hijacked the selection process, discarded the traditional rites, lured only 3 kingmakers excluded Chief Oluwole Sorinlola – The Oluwo of lpara Remo and the Chairman of Kingmakers, his Vice – Olori Emo Prince Adekunle Adeyiga and others from the selection process at the town hall under heavy security cover and announced Mr Taiwo Taiwo, a non- prince of unknown ruling houses as the new Onipara-Elect.”
According to the source, Governor Abiodun felt betrayed that despite his admonition to his aides, some of them still went ahead to be noticed in the selection process of a very important traditional stool within his state.
“Governor Abiodun has also directed that a thorough investigation of the allegations in the petition should be urgently be carried out and if found to be true, the government of Ogun State may be left with no option than to withdraw the temporal recognition has been accorded the Taiwo Taiwo as the Onipara-elect,” the source said.
Meanwhile, one of the contestants has previously written to the government of the inclusion ofnon-princee in the selection process which has been generating controversies within the ruling house.