Kingmakers Select New Deji for Akure

Kingmakers in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Sunday selected a prince from the Osupa Ruling House, in the person of Aladetoyinbo Kole Patrick, as the new Deji Akure.

Aladetoyinbo was unanimously selected by kingmakers among 13 people who showed interest in the throne. The Osupa ruling house had on Friday forwarded a list of nominees to the kingmakers after a meeting at the residence of its head, Ade Ogunleye.

The meeting was attended by officials of Akure South Local Government who were there to observe and supervise the proceedings. The nominees included: Kayode Oluwole, Adegbola Adelabu, Adegbite Kayode, Adejuyigbe Femi, Adeolu Adepoju, Aladetoyinbo Kole Patrick and Agbebi Leye.

Others were Arimoyo Ayodele, Bello Oluyemisi, Daramola Adeyemi, Ade Falodun, Ogunsuyi Oluwole and Samuel Adegboro Adebayo.

The stool became vacant on December 1, 2013 when Oba Adebiyi Adesida from Ojijigogun ruling house died after reining for three years.

However, the deposed Deji of Akure, Prince Adesina Adepoju, has faulted the nomination process for the new Deji of Akure by the Osupa Ruling House.

The deposed traditional ruler who also hails from the Osupa Ruling House has therefore sought an order of the state High Court to stop the nomination of a candidate to occupy the vacant stool.

Adepoju was dethroned and banished from the town after he engaged his wife, the late Olori Bolanle Adepoju, in a public free for all in 2010.

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