By Charles Akinbode
A nominee of the Gboleru Ruling House for vacant Akinrun stool, Prince Tajudeen Adesegun Adejumo Gboleru, has expressed confidence in the process by the Gboyega Oyetola administration to install the next traditional ruler for Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
Prince Gboleru, who is the Chief Executive Officer, TMC – Canada Choice Financial Incorporated, a Real Estate Investment and Mortgage Brokerage Firm, spoke with newsmen after a prayer session organized for him by members of his ruling house in Ikirun on Monday as their nominee.
He said his hope had been rekindled in the installation process by the state government’s respect for court interim injunction order, which called for restraint in picking a candidate for Akinrun from Obaara and Adedeji Ruling Houses.
According to him, those planning to manipulate the installation process are those peddling the rumour of infight among princes and princesses of the Gboleru Ruling House.
He insisted that disagreement is not alien among members of same family, noting that what happened in Gboleru family was not infight but disagreement and he said through elders’ intervention they have resolved all issues and reconciled all differences.
He said that even in politics there are conflicting interests, which he maintained are resolved through a mechanism of conflict resolution.
Prince Gboleru said: “I have been following the process critically and what I see is fairness and steadfastness on the part of Osun State Government. There might have been an error somewhere but I am elated with the matured and responsible disposition of the state government to make necessary amend.
“I am impressed that the state government allowed the process to be suspended after the court ruling in favour of the Gboleru Ruling House. I think we should all work for protection of social justice in the interest of peace, unity and development of our town.
“Records clearly show that it is the turn of the Gboleru Ruling House after the Obaara and Adedeji Ruling Houses had taken their turn in sequential order of rotation. Now, it will not be fair to pull the fast one on the Gboleru family whose support for these two royal houses in the past are exemplary and legendary.
“On my part, I am ever ready to contribute my quota to the growth of the town as I have always done even before the revered Akinrun stool became vacant after our loving father, Oba Abdul-Rauf Olawale Adedeji, joined his ancestors last February. I, for one, stand for justice because injustice to one is to everyone and also injustice somewhere is everywhere.
“Whether we are direct beneficiaries or not, let us stand up for what is right as individuals and people. I would never have joined the race if it’s not yet the turn of the Gboleru Ruling House to produce the next Akinrun So, I will always appreciate the governor for his wisdom and for listening to cries of marginalization against the Gboleru.
“The governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has demonstrated his sense of fairness to everyone participating in the race for the new Akinrun. This shows there is hope for all of us in this country after all hues and cries of process manipulation in many public engagements.”
Also, the Head of the Gboleru Ruling House, Pa Mudashiru Olatunji, said there was no rancour among members of the royal house.
He explained that the detractors are deliberately misinforming the public to gain undue advantage over the Gboleru Ruling House in the race for the Akinrun vacant stool.
He said the family had given its unflinching support to Prince Tajudeen Adesegun Gboleru “as our nominee.”
Pa Olatunji said: “He is a generous philanthropist, an amiable and respected fellow that deserves our support. His experience and exposure, no doubt, is going to fast track development and increase economic activities in Ikirun if he becomes our king.”
Commending the state government for rooting for due diligence in installation process of the next Akinrun, he said Governor Oyetola is “laying a good precedent.”
Olatunji, therefore, called on the Obaara and Adedeji Ruling Houses and all indigines of Ikirun to support their royal house, to produce the next Akinrun, assuring that the Gboleru family has the capacity to advancee the fortune of the ancient town.
He thanked Governor Oyetola for restoring peace to the ancient town after a week of protests in Osogbo and Ikirun by aggrieved indigenes over an alleged plan of manipulating the Akinrun installation process.
Meanwhile, supporters of Prince Tajudeen Adesegun Adejumo Gboleru trooped out enmass on Monday to welcome him into the town and to see him off.
In wild jubilation, Gboleru’s supporters, including the youths and market women were dancing and singing his praises as they streamed after his convoy.
Also, while local drummers beat the drums for people to dance, the commercial motorcycle operators displayed different riding skills to the admiration of the passersby.
It was indeed, a colour event to behold.