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9 Years After, Ikeja Royal Families Settle For New Monarch To Fill Vacant Stool



Respite has finally come for the Ikeja Kingdom as a 9-year long feud over the traditional stool looks to have come to a conclusion with the emergence of a new monarch.

Refusal of three blood brothers from Ikeja kingdom Oshoja royal family, to allow any of them to emerge as the kingdom traditional ruler, after the death of the last monarch of the community, Oba Rafiu Amore of Amore royal family, has led to conclusions of other royal families, kingmakers, and chiefs that the brothers were not fit to become the kingdom’s traditional ruler since their disagreement had left the Ikeja community without a leader for nine years.

The battle for the throne, our reporter learnt, did not only lead the brothers, Wasiu, Nurudeeen, and Shamsondeen Adeleye, from Ikeja kingdom Oshoja royal family, into disagreement but also led to the death one of them, Shamsondeen, who was said to have died barely two years ago fighting for same the course.

Findings revealed that the two other brothers were not ready to renege on the battle even after the death of one of them and the contest for who becomes the traditional ruler of Ikeja kingdom may continue unabated for years if other royal families and stakeholders had looked away on the crisis.

Mediations, it was learnt, have not yielded results that could bring peace to the community, but instead, Wasiu and Nurudeen, would prefer that the palace remain empty for as long as none of them had access to the throne.

But for the kingmakers, the brothers’ resolve was not in the interest of other royal families as well as the entire community members that have continued to yearn for peace and emergence of another monarch that would put the palace into better use for the development of the entire Ikeja kingdom.

From other royal families, Iyade and Amore of Ikeja kingdom, their conclusions were that a new monarch should emerge and that the entire family cannot continue folding their arms while the traditional throne remains useless.

Members of the families expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation that has lasted the kingdom of nine years of the empty palace, saying that, there must be a solution to bring the crisis to an end.

They disclosed that since Nurudeen and Wasiu could not let go of their personal interests, the throne must go to another qualified member of the Oshoja and Iyade royal families that were also entire to fill the gap.

One of the members of royal families, who spoke to newsmen under anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, on Wednesday, said that Iyade has picked his candidate who also shares lineage with Oshoja and he is qualified to be a better traditional ruler for the kingdom.

He hinted that the candidate picked, one Tajudeen Muritala, was considered on merit and that the entire royal family members, as well as community, were solidly behind his choice as the next Ikeja kingdom traditional ruler.

The royal family member explained that the conclusion to pick a candidate from other royal families was initially reached five years ago, but that the decision was stepped down the three brothers pleaded to have resolved their differences and were ready to accept that one of them to ascend the throne.

According to him, the three brothers did the opposite of their pleads to other royal families and continued their infighting that had lasted another four years, increasing the years of interregnum.

“The fighting of these brothers have not brought any meaningful development to the entire Ikeja, but suffering and empty palace. Due to their actions, Ikeja has remained a kingdom without a traditional ruler because brothers are fighting themselves over who becomes the next ruler.

“We do not know how long this fight will last the brothers and other royal families must remove the kingdom from this mess’, he added.

Another member from Oshoja, indicate that Tajudeen had been picked by both his family and Iyade family due to his lineage to the two royal families and that this decision would not be reversed as witnessed five years ago.

She explained that the conclusions of both families were in the best interest of Ikeja kingdom and the entire community people who can no longer continue waiting and yearning for a new monarch to emerge.

To her, when two brothers cannot come together as one and pick among themselves who to rule Ikeja kingdom, the other royal families from the community need to step in, according to law.

“Six months is enough by law to allow family picks their candidate for Ikeja kingdom but since Nurudeen and Wasiu cannot do so for nine good years, their time is completely over and they need to step aside for a new candidate to take of our beautiful palace”.

She stated that the palace has been missing monarchs and officials who were supposed to be looking after the affairs of the entire kingdom and entire community but what had happened is contrary.

A strong member from Iyade royal family, Jamiu Folami, told our reporter that the families, after their resolve to end the long-overdue infighting, had sent Tajudeen Muritala’s name to Lagos State Government as the preferred candidate for Ikeja kingdom traditional throne.

Folami stated that the actions of the royal families would not be to only end years of brothers’ feud but also bring peace and development to ensure the Ikeja community after nine years of no traditional ruler.

He explained that the palace had its own quota when it was functioning until Wasiu and Nurudeen disagreement grounded activities of the place for years.

“Chiefs could no longer resume to their various office in the palace as a result of absence of monarch and other people benefitting directly from the place lost the benefits as a result of the brothers’ personal interests.

“Wasiu and his brother petitioned the Lagos Police Command over decisions of other royal families and I was there personally to defend every member today. During the engagement with the law enforcement officers, the police realised that it was families fighting over who has the right to the Ikeja kingdom throne and realized that the matter is before the Lagos state government.

“Muritala is well educated and has influence such that could bring fast development to Ikeja kingdom and in favour of our children and grandchildren”.

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2023: PDP NWC To Meet Presidential Aspirants Today



The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party will meet with presidential aspirants under the party, The PUNCH has learnt.

The meeting comes ahead of the party’s primary, which is set to commence on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

A presidential aspirant under the PDP disclosed this to our correspondent under the condition of anonymity.

Though the purpose of the meeting is not known yet, our correspondent learnt that it was an emergency meeting.

“We have an emergency meeting with the NWC. We won’t take long. I think they just want us to know some things. I will, however, brief you on the outcome of the meeting.”

Recall that following the exit of one of contenders for the office of the president under the PDP, Peter Obi, the number of candidates reduced to 14.

They are Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

Others are Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed; Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel Udom; former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose; and publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.

Others include: former president, Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa; investment banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; lawyer and entrepreneur, Charles Ugwu; former Abia State House of Assembly Speaker, Chikwendu Kalu; and Tareila Diana, the only female aspirant.

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Development Initiative For Ogun West



Elders, leaders, residents of Ogun State, ladies and gentlemen of the press.

Development Initiative for Ogun West is a non-partisan think-tank of deeply vested individuals in the development of Ogun West Senatorial District and Ogun State at large.

We believe very strongly that Ogun State has all it takes to be the next largest economy in West Africa, after Lagos, productivity wise.

Sadly, the state currently ranks in a shadow of itself, falling short in many metrics of good governance and socioeconomic development.

As strong believers in the notion that politics trumps everything, we have watched, read and observed with grave concerns the ongoing in the politics of our dear Ogun West, particularly as regards the contest for the Ogun West Senatorial seat.

The extent of the escalation and potential fallout has prompted our intervention this time.

A pertinent caveat at this juncture is that our intervention is of no political leaning or motivation but for a most productive and impactful long term outcome for the people of Ogun West.

Also, our intervention is based on the knowledge of the fact that the APC is the party in government in Ogun State and therefore the party’s candidates would have an advantage in the outcome of forthcoming elections.

Practically, leading political parties are the ones that win elections; the facts and numbers from the last two cycles of elections speak to this.

Meanwhile, a serious issue capable of stalling the development of the entire Ogun West Senatorial District in all fronts and already casting our leaders and elders in very bad light with a potential to unleash unprecedented violence has ensued.

The following notions which were hitherto rumoured have come to bare as real and imminent;

1. That a serving Lagos West Senator; Olamilekan Adeola pseudo named “Yayi” is vying for the office of Ogun West senate.

2. That on the one hand, Senator Adeola (Yayi) is being accused of not being native to Ilaro in Yewa South L/G. And on the other hand the senator insists he is from Pahayi- Ilaro.

3. That there is a need to forestall tendencies (political thugs) who may take advantage of the potentially volatile situation to unleash unprecedented violence on Yewaland.

In view of the above, and in order to avoid ugly situations that would send Ogun West many years backwards in socio-political and economic development and also in order to resolve the above volatile and contentious issues into harmony; we are calling on all leaders of thought, elders and citizens of Ogun State home and abroad to consider the followings:

A. That a review committee be set up to interrogate the situation. We propose that the committee be made up of at least two prominent members of Yewa Think Tank, At least two nonpartisan Ogun West Citizens , two prominent personalities from the other two senatorial districts, and two representatives from reputable CSOs, and two skillful qualified dispute resolution/mediation experts.

B. A one page position paper by members of the public from Ogun West be forwarded to [email protected]

C. Without prejudice to the actions or constitutions of the political parties which the aspirants belong, the committee should make their findings known to:
1. The Government of Ogun State
2. Yewa Traditional Council
3. Ogun State Traditional Council
4. All political parties
5. The general public.

The above matters require urgent actions to help forestall breaches of peace, violence and other offensive behaviours capable of bringing the whole district into disrepute thereby stunting Ogun West development.

The DI Team


Pst. Oyero Olurin

Engr. Prince Bodurin Oduntan

Deji Kosebinu

Hassan Taiwo

B.O Ajibose

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Alonso Tips Real Madrid To Beat Liverpool In Champions League Final



Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder, Xabi Alonso, has given his verdict on both sides’ upcoming Champions League final.

Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris.

The Premier League giants eliminated Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final stage, while Real Madrid knocked Manchester City out of the competition.

However, Alonso wants people to enjoy the spectacle between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The former Spain international also recalls seeing both sides in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of this year’s final, Xabi Alonso said: “It was beautiful to see such a beautiful show or game or whatever. I was in Kiev a few years ago and it was great to enjoy it with two of my teams there and it’s not about the final.

“It’s as well to reach the final and to enjoy with the crowds. I was there with friends from Madrid, from Liverpool and I am kind of in the middle of both teams so I will win whatever happens.”

He added: “Both great teams, they both deserve it. So I will feel for one not to get it. But whatever happens, Madrid, they will win and Liverpool will win in the future. We will see. It’s the Champions League final. Just enjoy it.”

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