Protests and controversies have been trailing the many appointments and installations of new obas (traditional rulers) by the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, lately, ahead of the winding up of his administration on May 29.
Only on Monday, Amosun presented letters of appointment as coronet traditional rulers to 75 newly promoted baales (village chiefs), a development that has ruffled the feathers of many community leaders and monarchs.
The discord had equally hit Amosun’s cabinet when his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko, resigned last week over chieftaincy disputes in Aworiland where he hails from.
The chiefs in Aworiland, led by the Seriki Ota, Chief Olanrewaju Bashorun, alleged “a plan by some influential people to illegally install kings in Awori towns”, which fall in the domain of the Olota of Ota, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege.
More protests were launched on Monday with Ibese and Olorunda communities in the Yewa North and Abeokuta North local government areas joining the angry communities opposing what they maintained was an “imposition of monarchs.”