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The crisis rocking the section of new Orile-Ilawo has taken another dimension as the Oba- elect, Alex McGregor, said Ifa oracle has nothing to do with his ascension to the throne.
The community which comprises 63 communities in Alagbagba, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State has been engulfed in crisis over the emergence of the new monarch .
Mr McGregor said this during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that
residents in the community had staged protests against the announcement of the Oba elect claiming that he is not a royal blood.
In his reaction, McGregor said there is presently no existing ruling house in the community noting that, the Orile-Ilawo stool was a creation of government and not an ancestral seat.
McGregor also dispelled rumour of not being the one chosen by the Ifa oracle adding that the government conducted the election that produced him without consulting an oracle.
“Five of us came out and contested but I won the election in a free and fair election conducted by the government. Ilawo Obaship is not a traditional crown. There is no ruling house in Orile-Ilawo. The stool of Orile-Ilawo is a government creation around 1999 at a time my father was Oluwo Ilawo and Lisa Egba. We never had a king, the first Head of Ilawo was Balogun Gbadamosi my grandfather in 1916- 1966. Ilawo never had a crown, we had chiefs, it was my late father who started the process to enable Ilawo acquire a crown by the virtue of being one of the original settlers in Egba.
“Right now, Ilawo is part of Oke-Ona, so the stool in question is not an indigenous stool by our ancestors, but created in 1999.
“By the year 2010, Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s government said any township that has over 100 villages should be entitled to Obaship. It was government creation to balance what seems to be disparity between Egba and Ijebu.
“The first Olu of Orile Ilawo, was Oba Adedapo Aina, although my father fought for the stool, he never showed interest in the stool. This stool was created by the government, there were no ruling houses in Ilawo. It was the government that conducted the election and I emerged as the winner and not through the consultation of Ifa Oracle.
“Consultation of Ifa can only happen when two or more candidates from the same ruling house refused to step down for each other but that is not the case here now.” Mr McGregor explained
He however, promised to work with all other four contestants who wrestled the position with me.
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