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RCCG pastor becomes paramount ruler in Ogun

ByDaud Olatunji Abeokuta
After four years of the demise of  the Olu of Ilaro, late  Oba Adekambi Tella, who joined his ancestors in 2008, a pastor in one of the Lagos branches of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle has emerged the new Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa-Awori axis of Ogun state.

Saturday Vanguard however learnt that his candidacy which was unanimously supported by the kingmakers after an election where he won by a  vote to defeat his close rival, Adedeji Olugbenle was approved by Ogun state Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun following his  reported religious  and moral uprightness.

Before he was chosen as Olu of Ilaro-elect, Olugbenle  has  been  a pastor  with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)  and has been observing the mandatory  confinement  ‘Ipebi’ which will eventually culminate in his coronation  today, Saturday.

Reacting to the insinuation that the new Olu of Ilaro-elect was a member of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the Chairman, planning committee of the coronation, Chief Thomas Lala, denied   the Oba-elect’s affiliation  with the ACN, saying,  his choice as the new Oba had nothing to do with his affiliation with any political party.

He also denied that, the state government pressured on the kingmakers to chose  Kehinde  Olugbenle as the  new Olu of Ilaro, saying,  ‘six people contested for the vacant stool  before  his candidacy  was approved by His Excellency, Governor Ibikunle Amosun’.

He said, “ our Oba is not a member of any political party.  He is a member of all political parties because he is a father of all. The Oba-elect is not a civil servant. It was the kingmakers  that carried out the processes before the  government approved  his candidacy” Lala said.

On the purported court injunction restraining the government from installing the new Olu of Ilaro-elect, the  Chairman said there was no court restraint, urging all stakeholders and contestants of the stool to rally round the new Oba-elect for the development of the region.

During the coronation, which  holds today, (Saturday),  Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle would be presented with the staff of office as well as certificate of coronation by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

And by the chieftaincy law in the state, the Olu of Ilaro is automatically the Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Olugbenle, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has been observing the mandatory ‘’Ipebi” (confinement) which will eventually culminate in his coronation Saturday.

Ahead of  coronation of a new Olu of Ilaro and the paramount ruler of Yewaland on Saturday,  the ancient city of Ilaro, the political headquarters of Yewa is wearing a new look.

Oba Olugbenle who was quoted  to have described his selection as God chosen while reacting  to the  perceived opposition to his choice,  promising  that his tenure would witness prosperous reign.

‘’He said  for sometime now, unity appears to have eluded us for a long time and it is my desire that during my reign, I want to work for the unity of not only Ilaro, but the entire Yewaland.

‘’For me as the Paramount ruler of Yewaland, my choice is not accidental, but the choice of God, who knows better than all mortals”

The Ilaro town is already wearing new looks with banners, posters and various other decorations adorning different part of the town.

The coronation billed for today, Saturday will hold at the Gateway International Stadium, Ilaro,  with reception later at the Empire Field with the duo of Ebenezer Obey who turned 70 last week and Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall entertaining guests.


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