By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — Barely 24 hours after the ruling houses in Osogbo disowned the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, king-makers and traditional chiefs of the community rose in his defence, declaring that the traditional ruler’s appointment was in line with the tradition and statutory authorities governing the appointment of Ataoja.
Similarly, stakeholders in the appointment of Ataoja of Osogbo stated that the appointment of Oba Olanipekun followed all traditional rites of the town before he was installed the traditional ruler in 2010, following the demise of the late Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Oyewale Matanmi.
At a briefing attended by Chiefs Nasiru Lanloye Odelola, the Eesa of Osogboland, the Ajaguna of Osogbo, who is also the head of the king-makers and second-in-command to Ataoja, Chief Gabriel Oparanti, said the allegation that Oba Olanipekun was an impostor raised by some ruling houses in the town was ill conceived.
Also, in attendance at the briefing were Prince Olasunkanmi Oladosu, from Oyipi ruling house, Prince Mubarak Azeez, from Larooye ruling house and Prince Mustafa Adebisi, from Lajomo ruling house.