Ondo: Okeigbo Community Gets New King



Okeigbo community in Ondo state has elected a new Oluoke. He is Oba Lawrence Olu Babajide.

Oba Babajide was elected the king after a voting decision from 13 out of the 14 kingmakers and warrant chiefs who were in attendance for the normal selection between the
two contestants – Chief Lawrence Olu Babajide and Chief Odefadehan. Both are from Aare ruling house in Okeigbo. 
The exercise was moderated by Dr Adeboye and Mr Samson Agboola who served as secretary and electoral officer. Security officials from the various security outfits in Nigeria were present at the selection.

The Oluoke-elect scored 12 votes to defeat Chief Odefadehan who had no vote. One vote was however voided by the moderators.

In his acceptance speech, the
new Oluoke-elect, His Royal Majesty, Oba Lawrence Olu Babajide, IKUGBAYIGBE III, appreciated everyone, and thanked government officials, and
other notable members of the community for their cooperation. 
He promised to run an inclusive government, while also appreciating Chief Odefadehan for
his cooperation and promised him a strong role in
his administration. 

Local drummers and community members danced and jubilated to add colour to the event. 

Earlier in his speech, outgoing caretaker chairman of the local government, Hon. Michael Akinsuroju appealed to all quarters to embrace peace. 

“The issue of ruling houses or quarters should not be a problem for
the community if we love ourselves and our community,” he said.

The outgoing council boss explained that Okeigbo has loose many things in terms of infrastructure and physical projects because of Obaship tussle. 

He promised to support the community and warned trouble makers to caution themselves
and let peace reign.

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