Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has declared that the ancient town of Owo in Owo local government area of the state did not make a mistake with the choice of Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye as the new Olowo of Owo kingdom.
Governor Akeredolu, who described Oba Ogunoye III as the monarch the people of Owo have always yearned for, saluted the people for making a great choice.
Arakunrin Akeredolu spoke on Sunday at the coronation ceremony of Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, held at the Olowo’s Palace in Owo.
The governor, who said he was at the event as an indigene of the town, described the coronation ceremony as remarkable for the people of the town.
He thanked the Omolowos and other chiefs involved in the selection process of the new King and the youths for standing by their choice.
He said:”Let us thank the Lord. I thank the Omolowos and all the chiefs that were involved in the selection process. I thank all the people of Owo for the peaceful exercise. I thank the youths for standing by the Oba. “
“We respect the memories of our past Kings.The Olagbegi first, Olagbegi second and Olagbegi the third. Also, Agunoye first, Ogunoye second and now we have Ogunoye the third. We also respect the memory of the late Oba Ajike. Particularly, we respect the memory of Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru – Olagbegi the III
“Our immediate past Oba has done his best. Let me acknowledge others who contested the throne with Oba Ajibade. Kabiyesi, please bring them together. “
The governor disclosed that it is a deliberate policy of his administration not to intervene in chieftaincy matters of any town, stressing that the people must make their choice themselves.
“We have a policy on Chieftaincy. This government decided deliberately that we will not intervene in chieftaincy. Let the people make their choice. Today gives us sign that Owo has made the best decision ever. “
The governor alos assured the people that the developmental project ongoing across the state will not be limited to any area, adding that It will cover the whole state.
He urged the new Olowo to sustain the peace in the town.
Olabode R Olatunde
Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media)
8th September, 2019.