Egba traditional Chiefs of Emere Community in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun state have sought for urgent intervention from Gov. Dapo Abiodun to avert looming crisis over chieftaincy title in the community.
The traditional chiefs had threatened a showdown with one Semiu Adisa, the preferred candidate of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo , at a news briefing in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
The traditional chiefs called on Abiodun to wade into the issue so as to avoid crisis in the community.
The Aro of Emere Community, Monsuru Bankole, said trouble is looming over the tussle between two Chiefs, Jimoh Olanrewaju and Lateef Kolawole who were parading themselves as the village heads of the community.
Bankole said the traditional Chiefs are set to hold a meeting on Thursday at Ikopa, the headquarters of the Emere Community and that the meeting might end in violence if Olanrewaju, the alleged Alake’s preferred candidate appeared at the meeting.
Bankole said the community had dragged the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo to court over the choice of the candidate and had won .
He said the judgement was that Kolawole was the authentic candidate as the Village head .
He said “this is to notify the concerned authorities that there may be chaotic scenario and bloodbath in Bode-Olude Community, Odeda local government area any moment from now owing to illegality being perpetrated by one Chief Jimoh Olanrewaju Taiwo (aka Chief Jimoh Olanrewaju Sanyaole) who is parading himself as Baale of the Community
“As part of measures to prevent Abeokuta and Ogun State from ugly incident, it’s urgently imperative for the concerned Authorities to look into the Baaleship tussle at the Bode-Olude Emere Community as two Baales (Chief Lateef Kolawole Sanyaolu, who is an authentic Baale installed and recognised by Emere Council of Chiefs led by the Oluwo, Chief Micheal Aremu Sobowale and one Chief Jimoh Olanrewaju Taiwo, who is parading himself as Baale to claim to the Throne.”
The traditional chiefs claimed that the Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape and the Alake were aware of the issues