High Chief Andrew Ilevare Okioya has been identified and nominated as Oba-elect of Ijagba community in Ose local government area of Ondo state.

This follows a letter from the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs directing Ose Local Government to immediately commence the process of selecting a new monarch to occupy the vacant stool of Odibiado of Ijagba community.

The traditional chiefs are Anthony Adeniken, Sunday Ogoh and Henry Ojeigbaze. Others are high chief Amu Imoukhuede, high chief (Dr) Imoukhuede Abiodun and high chief Stanley Otekhile

After the peaceful identification process, the chiefs explained that, their decisions was based on the aged long community tradition known as ‘ladder system’ as enshrined in Ijagba 1957 chieftaincy declaration which stipulates that, the most senior Ibo chiefs in the community shall ascend the throne of Odibiado whenever any sitting Odibiado joins his ancestors.

In his acceptance speech, the Odibiado-elect, chief Okioya solicited the maximum cooperation of residents of Ijagba. While pledging to protect and defend the reach cultural heritage of the community, chief Okioya appealed to the people to eschew violence saying no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour.

Addressing the gathering, the executive chairman of the local government, Hon. (Prince) Adekunle Dennis (FCPA) commended the people for conducting themselves in most peaceful, civilized and dignified manner. He charged them to continue to maintain the peace before, during and after the exercise warning that, government will not entertain or tolerate any act that may lead to breach of public peace in any part of the local government.

Present at the historic event are the vice chairman of the council, Chief Mrs C.O. Olufowose, the council Secretary, Hon. Folorunsho Omage, Head, Local Government Administration, Engr Babarinde B.O.M, top security operatives and Ijagba community leaders.

 

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