BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — THE Deji of Akureland and the Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Adebiyi Adesida has died at the age of 63.
He reigned for only three years having ascended the throne in year 2011.
Late Adesida last attended a public function in Lagos where he celebrated the marriage ceremony of his son, Adetunji Oluwagbemiga two weekends ago.
Palace sources told Vanguard in Akure that the traditional ruler in Akure, died at about 2.30a.m. yesterday, after a brief illness.
He was said to have complained of a slight headache after which he vomited that night and was attended to by a team of medical doctors and this stabilised his health condition before he later retired to bed.
The traditional ruler was said to have given up the ghost in his sleep and effort by doctors invited to attend to him proved abortive as they confirmed him dead.
A visit to the palace indicated that palace chief and domestic staff wore mournful look just as both young and old besieged the palace to confirm the rumour.
Many people gathered in groups to discuss the demise of the Oba.
His personal staff were seen moving out the personal belongings of the late Oba to his personal house within the metropolis according to the tradition.
Immediately the news filtered to the owners of shops within the palace they raced to their shops to evacuate their wares.
This was because immediately an Oba died the market located around the palace called Oja Oba -Oba’s market- would be shut until when another traditional ruler emerged which dragged for months.
Their plan to evacuate their shops, yesterday, which was Sunday, was to be able to make sales during the Christmas and New years festivity.
Late Oba Adesida was born in 1950, to the royal family of Prince Josiah Stanley Adegboye of the Ojijigogun Ruling House.
He graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in Agricultural Economics and obtained a Master’s in Agric Business and Management.
Oba Adesida before his ascension to the throne worked as an Agricultural Credit Officer with the Ondo State Agricultural Credit Corporation, Obasanjo Farms at Ota and later became one of the aides of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2009.
He became the Oba of the town following the dethronement and deposition of his predecessor, Oluwadamilare Adesina on June 10, 2010, who allegedly beat up his wife publicly.
He was recalled from abroad to become the traditional ruler of the ancient town -Ondo.
Oba Adesida hailed from the Ojijigogun Ruling House.
During the context for the throne, the late Oba defeated his close rival Prince Ademola Adegoroye with a slim margin.
The state government and the family had not yet reacted to the death of the Oba.
But reacting, the state PDP through its Director of Publicity, Ayo Fadaka noted with concern news of the untimely transition of the Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, Afunbiowo 11.
“His death is indeed a great loss to Akure kingdom which he led until his death and the state traditional institution which he also led as Chairman of the Council of Obas.
Jonathan condoles Mimiko, Akure people
President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with governor Olusegun Mimiko, the people of Akure and Ondo state on the death of the Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Dr Rueben Abati, President Jonathan also extended sincere condolences to the family and relatives of the late monarch who ascended the throne of his forefathers in August 2010.
Similarly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal commiserated with the government and people of Ondo State over the demise of the Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida.
In a message of condolence issued on his behalf in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mallam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the paramount ruler as a man of culture who worked tirelessly for stability, unity and progress of his domain.
Ajimobi, Amosun too
Also, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State while commiserating with the people and government of Ondo State, said the late Deji was a good monarch who would be missed by the people and all his friends, among whom he was one.
In his own condolence message, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Funmi Wakama, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State described his death as shocking, as it came at a time when his counsel was needed the most.
I am shocked to the marrow — Mimiko
The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has described the transition of the Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adegoke Adesida as shocking to the marrows.
Dr. Mimiko lamented that “the tiger has fallen into a deep sleep.”
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said the news of the demise of the first class royal father and Chairman of Ondo State Council of Chiefs was shocking to the marrows.”
He added that “not because we do not know of the eventuality of death, but that Afunbiowo II was not only vibrant and agile, he had an aura of health and life around him.”