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Ooni: Ruling house ready to present names of contestants



THE battle to fill the vacant stool of the Ooni of Ife gathered momentum on Monday, as one of the ruling houses, Giesi Royal Family, contended that it was its turn to produce the next monarch for the ancient town.
The last time Giesi family of Moore produced Ooni was over a century ago and the name of the last Ooni from the house was Oba Derin Ologbenla, who reigned between 1880 and  1894.

Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, on Monday, the spokesperson for Giesi Ruling House, Prince Kunle Adelowo, said the rotation of the stool among the ruling houses indicated that it was the turn of a prince from the ruling house to emerge.

According to him, “as indicated by the government declaration captioned ‘The Ooni of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration’ reference no CB141/7/1/540 dated August 22, 1977 addressed to the then Executive Secretary of Oranmiyan Local Government, Ile-Ife from the office of Military Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria and duly signed by the then Secretary to the Military Government and Head of Service, Paragraph a. in the letter states that ‘the order of rotation among the ruling house should follow as follows: Osinkola, Ogboru, Giesi, Lafogido.

“To buttress our claim, we like to refer to another memorandum released by the Executive Council of Oyo State of Nigeria number OYSGM (80) 107 dated September 16, 1980 captioned ‘Appointment of a new Ooni of Ife, Memorandum by the governor’.

“Paragraph one of the memorandum states that the Ooni of Ife is a category one ruling house chieftaincy in Oranmiyan Local Government area (which now comprises of Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North and Ife South Local Government Areas of Osun State) to which part II of the Chief’s Law, Cap 19 has been applied. It has an approved and registered declaration provided for four ruling houses, the identity of which is as follows: The Osinkola House, Ogboru House, Giesi House and Lafogido House in that order of rotation.

“We want all and sundry to please note that the Osinkola house produced our father, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, who ruled for 50 years in Ile-Ife and was immediately succeeded by Oba Okunade Sijuwade from Ogboru House, who has just transited to greater glory.

“It then follows that the next ruling house to produce the next Ooni of Ife should automatically and normally come from Giesi Ruling House, as per the two government approved rotational arrangements sited above.”

While emphasising that Giesi Ruling House had resolved to work together in order to ensure the best candidate was produced to fill the stool vacated by Oba Sijuwade, Adelowo asserted that “we hereby unequivocally state that the entire members of the family of Giesi Ruling House, Moore, Ile Ife are set to produce name(s) of competent and credible candidates that can easily ascend to the exalted throne of Ooni of Ife.’’

However, the first contestants from Giesi royal family, Prince Adesoji Isaac Fadehan, on Monday, indicated his intention to contest the stool.

Fadehan, currently the Director General of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC), argued that the stool of Ooni could not be occupied by an individual who had no right to royalty by birth and lineage.

“After having well and meaningful discussion with my immediate family, Fadehan Ogunleye and the elders and well-meaning members of my royal lineage, Giesi royal family of Ile Ife, I, Prince Adesoji Fadehan, use this medium to formally declare my intention to contest for the stool of my forefathers,” he said.


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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew



Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra



Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari




The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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