How 15-year-old emerged as Traditional Ruler in Ondo




The Ondo State Executive Council has approved the of a 15-year-old Prince Oloyede Adeyeoba as the Arujale of Okeluse in Ose local government area of the state. The 15-year-old is the only surviving son of the late king, according to sources.

 The was among the three ratified by the Executive Council presided over by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu last Monday. Also, approved was the of Prince Ebenezer Adewunmi Ogunmolasuyi as the Olupenmen of Upenmen in Owo local government Area of Ondo State. Briefing government house correspondents after the meeting, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lola Fagbemi, flanked by his Information counterpart, Donald Ojogo, said Ogunmolasuyi’s followed an election conducted by kingmakers in the community.

 Fagbemi said the ratification was arrived at after hours of deliberations by the Council. The 47-year-old Mass Communication and Journalism graduate from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ, emerged the town’s new monarch on September 10th, 2019 after polling all the five available votes from the kingmakers to beat his only challenger, Prince Olawole Folarin who had no vote. The election was supervised by Mr Segun Omojuwa, the Director of Local Government Administration in Owo local government, Daily Trust reports. Prince Ogunmolasuyi, an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR is from the Ayiwoye Akinola ruling house.

The Olupenmen stool became vacant in August 2017 after the demise of Oba (Rtd Col.) Samuel Ademulegun. The third Prince whose selection was ratified is Prince Olorunsola Akinyelure as Odogbo of Ode Omi in Irele council area. 

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