AKURE – The Ondo State Executive Council has approved the selection and final ratification of Prince Gbadegesin Ogunoye as the new Olowo of Owo Kingdom in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Donald Ojogo, the Commissioner for Information after the state executive meeting.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, which lasted for over seven hours, Ojogo, said the state government commended officials of Owo Local Government and the Senior Omolowos (Kingmakers) for the peaceful process and procedures employed during the selection of the new monarch.
His words: “One of the key issues that was discussed at council is the issue of the Olowo of Owo. You will recall that the Olowo stool is a grade A stool and recognised by government under the Chiefs law of 1984.
“The stool became vacant after the demise of Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, and as expected, the selection process commenced and it followed due process and today, the climax of the process was brought to the council by the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs
“It’s with gratitude to God and profound thanks to the Local Government and the Senior Omolowos that Council today, gave approval for the selection and final ratification of Prince Ogunoye Ajibade as the new Olowo of Owo kingdom
“The thrust of the process is that Prince Ogunoye is now the Olowo-elect as graciously approved by the State Executive Council. You will recall that Olowo stool is among the prominent ones we have, not only in Ondo State, but in the entire South West
“I have the approval of the governor to thank the senior Omolowos for the selection and final ratification of the Olowo Elect. This is the final process for the selection and appointment of the new Olowo. There are no legal encumbrances since the ministry of justice has also cleared it.”