Ondo: Irun Akoko gets new Monarch after 11-year Obaship Tussle
After 11 years,the Obaship tussle in the ancient town of Irun Akoko in Akoko Northwest local Government of Ondo state, Southwest Nigeria has been put to an end with the emergence of Prince Bayode Agboola as the Onirun of Irun-Elect.
Five out of eight kingmakers in the town on Tuesday voted for Prince Agboola while his opponent, Prince Amos Adeniyi recorded no vote as two of the kingmakers were absent while the remaining one had died.
The election was witnessed by traditional chiefs, security agents and local government officials.
Our correspondent reports that women and youths also came in their hundreds singing and dancing in support of the new Onirun Elect.
Reacting, head of local government administration in Akoko Northwest Council area, Mr Ade Ajibogun described the process that produced Prince Agboola as transparent and hitch-free.
He noted that no council official interfered in the whole process.
Some youths and leaders in Irun Akoko had last week staged a peaceful protest against the lingering obaship tussle in the community, calling for the election of a new monarch for the ancient town.
They accussed the local government chairman, Elder Ayodele Akande and head of local government administration mr Ade Ajibogun of delaying the selection process of the new irun which had negatively affected the development of Irun for the past eleven years with series of court cases.
The last onirun of Irun, Oba williams Adeusi joined his ancestors eleven years ago while his daughter Princess obideyi who became the regent also died on the stool.
Towns with vacant stools in Akoko land include, Ifira, ugbe, Iboropa, Ikakumo, Akunu, Iye, Igasi, Efifa Ajowa, ora Ajowa with people of the communities calling for the emergence of new Monarchs to fast track development in the areas.