By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Ogun State government has disclosed that no fewer than 33 candidates are jostling for the stool of Olota of Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko disclosed this during a media parley held at the Obas complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Ojuko lamented the proliferation of Obas in the state.
He noted that the era of installing just anybody as an Oba without a thorough background check was over. The late Olota, Oba Moshood Oyede died on May 25, 2016 after 19 years on the throne, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, following a protracted illness.
Ojuko said though the process of selecting any traditional ruler rests solely on the ruling houses of various communities, the state government would always ensure that people with impeccable character and verifiable means of livelihoods will be installed as an Oba in the state.
The Commissioner, who remarked that the process of installing a traditional ruler had been abused in the past, maintained that thorough background check would be conducted by the government on any candidate for obaship position.