By Kunle Adedoyin
Kingmakers in Owo, Ondo State, have reaffirmed the selection process and the election that produced Ajibade Ogunoye as Olowo-elect.
The reaffirmation came 14 days after Ogunoye was elected by the kingmakers in accordance with the provision of Olowo of Owo, Ondo State Chieftaincy Declaration.
Ogunoye emerged the Olowo-elect after scoring 14 votes out of 15 votes of the kingmakers in the election that was held at the Olowo palace in Owo on July 12, 2019.
The election was conducted by the senior Omolowos (kingmakers) led by Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo, the Ojomo-Oluda of Ijebu-Owo.
The Chairman of the kingmakers who is also the Ojumu of Owo, High Chief Olanrewaju Famakinwa, declared the reaffirmation on Friday, in a brief ceremony held at Olowo’s palace.
“The reaffirmation provision of the chieftaincy declaration which is imperative must be performed within 14 days after Olowo-elect might have been presented to the kingmakers, which is three days after the election.”
In his remarks, Mr. Segun Omojuwa, the Director of Local Government Administration, Owo Local Government Area, admonished the kingmakers and the people of Owo to support the Olowo-elect to sustain the existing peace in the community.
The Olowo-elect, Ogunoye, described the event as historic as the affirmation by the kingmakers was unanimous.
He reiterated his commitment to moving the ancient town forward and promised to ensure that peace reigned in the town.