How Oluwo of Iwo fell out with Chief Abiola Ogundokun + All the dirty scandals exposed …Why Ogundokun might sue Oluwo

Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi thanking Chief Abiola Ogundokun for his kindness

The
personality clash between the Oluwo of
Iwo land
, HRM, Oba Abdul Rasheed  Adewale
Akanbi
(Ilufemiloye TELU 1)
and eminent Nigerian and former People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun
might have taken a new twist as more revelations were unveiled by Asabeafrika this morning.

Information
at our disposal suggests that the lingering personality war between Ogundokun and the Iwo monarch began early in the year after the elder statesman
allegedly cautioned the monarch over some acts which are alleged to be adverse
to his position as a king.


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The climax
of their disagreement was a recent stripping of Ogundokun’s traditional and Islamic titles by the youthful monarch
after a little misunderstanding at a Wedding party in Iwo town. A situation which led the former Publicity Secretary of
the defunct National Party of Nigeria
to report the Oluwo to some eminent
Nigerians, daring his ability to strip him off his cherished titles.  The 80 years old Iwo born politician said the 41 years old monarch moved against him
because he cautioned him against some despicable acts un-befitting of a king.

The two: Chief Ogundokun and Oluwo in the good old days?

Ogundokun who is higly respected across
several Yoruba towns in the South
Western part of Nigeria said the Oluwo was not competent enough to strip
him of the chieftaincy titles bestowed upon him by his predecessors and the Islamic
community of Iwo.

High Chief Abiola Ogundokun….’Oluwo has no power to strip me of my titles’

In one of
his releases to the press, Chief
Ogundokun
noted clearly “The
pronouncement of Oba Adewale was laughable. It is only the Imam of Iwo that has
the requisite power to strip me of the title of Basorun Musulumi given to me
over 18 years ago, while my title of Otun
Balogun
was conferred on me about 40 years ago for my good works and
development of Iwo land which remains sacrosanct through a letter of
conferment”.
“Oluwo, you cannot remove
me because you lack the competence to do so and soon, we will sack you. I
remain myself, High Chief Abiola
Ogundokun
, the Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land, the Otun Balogun of Iwo land,
the Aare-Ago of Iwo-Oke, the Seriki of Iba, the Apesin of Erin-Osun, and the
Ajagunpote of The Source, Jagun of Ajagunlaase among many others

(Traditional titles in Yoruba land)
How the crisis started…

The Oluwo praising Chief Abiola Ogundokun at Ogundokun’s daughter’s wedding

Many people
who knew the relationship between the young Iwo
monarch and Chief Abiola Ogundokun
were very surprised when the news of their squabble  got into town early this week. Many analysts
were of the opinion that if there should be anyone to be blamed in this stained
scenario, it will definitely be the youthful Oluwo who has been a victim of several scandals and negative
perceptions in the last one year of his reign. His name, position and character
has always been tinted with one scandal or the other. It is either he is being
alleged to be involved in Yahoo-yahoo
scams before his ascendancy to his high stool or his name is associated with
the snatching of microphone from Islamic
clerics during Jumat service and
forcefully conducting the service after declaring himself as ‘superior to any Imam’.

Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi (Oluwo of Iwo land)

Or the Kabiyesi
is  rejecting some court summons and even
threatening to arrest judges and legal officers with native laws among many
other despicable action filled misdemeanors.  So, how did
Oluwo
and Chief Ogundokun fell apart? This question is a
one million Naira question in Iwo town
right now.

High Chief Abiola Ogundokun

However, Asabeafrika carried out a deep investigation early today and
we found more shocking revelations that seem to have hidden in secrecy. Even
though such facts still remain in the realm of ‘allegations’, our investigation
stripped off brave surprises.

The Oluwo & Ogundokun fraternity…

Chief Abiola Ogundokun dancing with the Oluwo


Many people
who have come in contact with the new Oluwo,
Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1) in the last one
year of his  reign must have met him in
majority of the circumstances in company of Chief
Abiola Ogundokun
. The elder statesman is either seen hosting the monarch in
his Lagos home on seen in high class
events with him.  On two occasion, in
2016, when Chief Ogundokun was giving
out his daughters in marriage, the Oluwo
was not only present at the chief’s festac town, Lagos mansion but equally
attended with his retinue of chiefs.

Ogundokun, Oluwo and his Jamaican wife with her crown

The first event was on Thursday August 27, 2016 when Chief Ogundokun gave out Uyioghosa,
one of his pretty daughters born to him by a Benin Lady in marriage to one Osagie Elaiho, the son of a top Edo State cultural icon, Chief
Jerome Elaiho
. The event which
had eminent Nigerians like Senator Anthony
Adefuye, Chief Alani Bankole, Senator
Kofoworola Bucknor
and Senator Tunde
Salvador among many other political
gladiators in attendance, had over 15 royal fathers from across 15 kingdoms in
the South Western part of Nigeria.

The Oluwo and his Olori at Chief Abiola Ogundokun’s house for Uyi’s wedding

The Oluwo
was one of the leading royal fathers who was highly welcomed and treated to a
cool hospitality at the chief’s Lagos residence. In fact, the Oluwo graced the occasion with his Jamaican wife, Olori Chanelle who was
heavily pregnant at the time. The Oluwo
equally attended the white wedding of the Chief’s daughter at Bishop Vinning Memorial (Anglican
Church) GRA—Ikeja two days later (August 29th). He didn’t leave Lagos until Sunday August 30th.

Oluwo giving the letter of intention of love to Chief Ogundokun during Uyioghosa’s wedding

On Thursday,
October 20th, 2016, Chief
Ogundokun
again gave out another of his pretty daughters, Oluwafunmiloya
Oyindamola
 born to him by a
pretty Ijebu-Ode born nurse/midwife, Lady
Bola Akadiri Ogundokun
. He gave
her in a Holy Nikkai to one Barrister
Olayinka Afeez
Olokun-Ola an Ikorodu-Lagos born investment
attorney.
At the October
event which was attended by so many eminent Nigerians including former
President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR), Chief Ogundokun invited over 20 Yoruba
traditional rulers to his Festac—Lagos mansion and the Oluwo was prominent among them.

The Oluwo and his Obanla

In fact, he was given more
privileges to conduct the weding Nikkai
than other Obas like the Elerin of Erin Osun (a prominent town in
Osun State) and 20 other Obas from various towns. During both Uyioghosa and Olufunmilayo’s nuptials, the Oluwo
played prominent roles as Chief Ogundokun
allegedly held him in very high esteem and equally made him the cynosure of all
eyes among his counterparts. (Find all stories & pictures on
www.asabeafrika.com) .

The Oluwo thanking Chief Ogundokun for offerring him a fatherly advise

 Chief
Ogundokun
who loves culture and tradition, was the one responsible for all
expenses paid on the arrival and departure of the Oluwo and his entourage as he made sure they were camped in the
best Hotel facility in Lagos.

High Chief Abiola Ogundokun

On July 7,
2016, during his 80th birthday celebration at his Festac home,
Lagos, Chief Abiola Ogundokun while
speaking to Asabe Afrika TV,
spoke  glowingly of the new Oluwo, praying for him and wishing him a
good tenure in his reign. (Check Asabe Afrika TV on Youtube). Nobody could ever
believe that the two will fall apart so soon.  
Ogundokun as Oluwo’s Image maker…

Chief Abiola Ogundokun introducing the Oluwo to former Justice of the Hague, Bola Ajibola

Chief Ogundokun a socialite of over 50 years is also
reputed to have facilitated special appearances for the youthful monarch at
some very propitious outings in Lagos
and elsewhere, a situation which has given the youthful Oluwo a new leverage among the elites. For instance, on Saturday
September 17, 2016, Chief Abiola
Ogundokun
led the Iwo Monarch to
the 75th birthday ceremony of his old time ally in the defunct NPN
party, Chief Alani Bankole in Abeokuta.
The event was attended by eminent Nigerians including former Chief Jugde of the
Federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapher,

Oluwo, Oba of Lagos with an Emir at one of the Ogundokun sponsored outings

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Former Ogun State
Governor, Chief Segun Osoba, former
Jigawa State Governor, Dr. Sule Lamido,
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and former
International Court of Justice judge, Justice
Bola Ajibola
, Speaker Yakubu Dogara,
Oba of Lagos and many very important
personalities from across Nigeria.
Many of such events had Chief Ogundokun
piloting his new kid-king, Oluwo in
hand and introducing him to new friends. But the big question now is ‘What went wrong between Oluwo and Chief
Abiola
Ogundokun?’

Ogundokun’s goodies & foodies…

Chief Ogundokun and Oluwo at a public outing

Impeccable
sources close to the two Iwo
indigenes equally squealed to this blog that Chief Abiola Ogundokun whose first son, Mr. Lawale Ogundokun is 51 this year and took good 8 years off the Iwo monarch, sees Oba Akanbi from the prism of a ‘royal son’ and therefore the chief
allegedly kept him spoilt with gifts and patronages. Apart from taking him out for
cream of the crop events, Chief Ogundokun is said to also doles out largess to the Oluwo and even buys
him clothing materials from overseas to make him feel very comfortable.  Chief Ogundokun is alleged to be the one who
spend N5 million to furnish the palace of the Oluwo when he was sworn is.

Chief Ogundokun with his wife in a pose with Oluwo at their daughter’s wedding

We
initially disbelieved this version of the story until this blog got a copy of a
petition from the elder statesman, detailing some of the alleged misdemeanors
of the king. The petition was smuggled to us by one of the chief’s aides who
pleaded anonymity.

 Chief
Ogundokun is also said to have done
so many things to make the new Oluwo
comfortable and even pays him a monthly allowance to run his palace. Being a
veteran of the kingdom and one of the eminent sons of the soil, Chief Ogundokun who has seen the reign
and death of many Oluwos in his 80
years on earth is said to be so protective of the new Oba and as a result gave him anything he desires.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun, fed both the Oluwo and his Olori with Love

For instance,
when his wife put to bed early in the year, and the Oluwo allegedly complained of lack of money, Chief Ogundokun was said
to have given $2000 (Two thousand Dollars) to the Oba to facilitate the naming ceremony of his new child and other
festivities.

How Oluwo appreciated Ogundokun’s
gesture by making him OBANLA

The Oluwo spraying Chief Abiola Ogundokun wads of Naira notes

In trying to
appreciate the good gestures of Chief
Abiola Ogundokun
for him and his family both in public and privately, the Oluwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
was said to have decided to give Chief
Abiola Ogundokun
a very rare title which is a bit alien to the Iwo monarchy but befitting of a great
son of the soil. The title of ‘Obanla of Iwo land’ was bestowed
upon Chief Abiola Ogundokun on
Sunday, January 8, 2017. In a letter affirming Chief Abiola Ogundokun as the ‘Obanla
of
Iwo’, the Oluwo wrote;
 “I, Oba (Dr.) ABDUL RASHEED ADEWALE AKANBI,
ILUFEMILOYE TELU 1, the Oluwo of Iwo, wish to confer OBANLA of Iwo on (Alhaji) High Chief Abiola Adeniyi Oladepo Ogundokun due to your immense
and invaluable contribution to the growth of Iwo”

The letter of confirmation of the OBANLA title on Chief Abiola Ogundokun by the Oluwo

“Your fatherly role to the Oluwo
throne and skill of conflict resolution on knotty issue in Iwo, Osun state and
Nigeria have not been unnoticed. Your efforts on Iwo particularly the
furnishing of the Oluwo’s palace is also on record. Chief Ogundokun, your
donation of an office complex for the smooth take of Iwo East Local Council
Development Area of Olomowewe is laudable”

Chief Ogundokun, Oluwo and Chief Alani Bankole

“You have been our pride with a track
record of selfless service and uncommon generosity  to the progress of humanity as a member of
the constituent assembly 1977 and other political appointment where you have
served”.
“With this appointment of OBANLA,
your previous title of Otun Balogun
is hereby withdrawn and you are automatically a member of the conflict
resolution committee of Iwo land, offers congratulations”

The Oluwo sharing a joke with Chief Abiola Ogundokun

The letter
signed by the monarch would now appear as a ‘strategic trap’ as the young Oluwo tactically withdrew the old title
of ‘Otun Balogun of Iwo’ which Chief Abiola Ogundokun was given by Oba Akanbi’s predecessors about 40 years
ago and given a totally new title which suggests that the High Chief is now the
next in line to the Oluwo.
The Historic Value of Oba Nla

High Chief Abiola Ogundokun….Can Oluwo really mess him up?

Although,
the youthful  Oluwo is alleged to be in the habit of creating new chieftaincy
titles for a fee from interested indigenes of Iwo, but it appears that he genuinely gave out the title of OBANLA to Chief Abiola Ogundokun due to the fatherly gesture of the Chief to him and his regime and family.
However, the OBANLA title is said to
be alien to Iwo land. A very close
source to the Iwo palace who spoke to
Asabeafrika
on condition of anonymity said

Oluwo and his extranged mentor in a jolly mood

 “It is
true that Oluwo gave Chief Ogundokun the OBANLA title. You can call Chief and ask
him, he won’t deny it. But I can tell you that the OBANLA title was derived
from Ilesa. It is the Ijesha monarchy that awards OBANLA to her Chiefs not Iwo.
And the title of OBANLA is a very revered title. It is only given to someone
who has done so much favor to the king and his emirate. Someone who has favored
the king so greatly and I think that was why Chief Abiola Ogundokun merited it”
On why the Oluwo had to borrow the title from Ilesha; “You know Kabiyesi loves to carry out researches and once he finds out that
such research commensurate history, he will abide with it. I think he
researched the history of Ilesa and how the Owa of Ijesha land first conferred
the title on Ogedengbe the warrior.
According to history, Ogedengbe had
helped the Owa to crush a grueling battle and killed a generation of enemy. So,
the king (Owa) was overwhelmed with gratitude. He elected to give Ogedengbe his royal beads and make him
the king which Ogedengbe stoutly
rejected. In his determination to be profoundly grateful, he decided to create
the OBANLA title and made it customary that the OBANLA is like the Oba and next
to the Oba and can even be equated to the Oba; So Chief Ogundokun as the OBANLA
of Iwo kingdom is almost like an Oba and if not even an Oba”.    
The ‘Ogundokun-must-go’ project…

Oluwo of Iwo….A day before he allegedly stripped Chief Ogundokun of his titles

Asabeafrika gathered that the crisis started
when Chief
Abiola Ogundokun
a veteran journalist and media baron cum politician of
over 4 decades started distancing himself from some of the alleged despicable
acts of the Oluwo. As a member of the
Conflict resolution committee of the Iwo
emirate, Chief Ogundokun is said to
seriously frown as some of the excesses of the youthful Oluwo and said to have made it known to him as an elder statesman. Ogundokun was alleged to have warned the Oluwo to behave like a king. One of
such alleged despicable acts according to investigation at our disposal is the
way and manner the king allegedly uses members of dreaded group, the Tawun Muslim sect led by one Dauda,
who is said to be the Oluwo’s younger brother to tax villagers and collect arbitrary
levies especially on Fridays, thereby heating up the polity of the Iwo community.

The Oluwo with Oba of Lagos at one of the Ogundokun sponsored outings

Chief Ogundokun’s stance according to sources didn’t go down well
with the Oluwo, hence, the need to
cut Ogundokun to size at all cost. The
first attempt, according to sources in Iwo
was his attempt to remove Chief Abiola Ogundokun as member of
the board of trustee of the Iwo Central
Mosque
which he has held for 18 years by trying to instigate one Alhaji
Imran Adio
a top Islamic cleric in Iwo
and the chief Imam of Iwo central Mosque, Sheikh Abdufatai Olododo
to carry out the action but failed as the two advised the Oluwo against such acts.

The Oluwo on his high stool…yet he allegedly claimed Chief Ogundokun marched his foot

He was said to have later seek the legal
services of the present Nigerian Minister of Communication, Chief
Adebayo Shittu
who is also an Islamic faithful but failed. And that
allegedly led him to rubbishing Alhaji Adio in public at several forums and a prominent one was when he
rubbished Adio inside his palace on February 27 and later at the Iwo
Central Mosque during a Jumat Service
among many other alleged attempts to get the cleric implicated (Check Chief
Ogundokun’s petition published below).

Humiliation of High Chief Abiola
Ogundokun (Part 1)

Chief Abiola Ogundokun at the Wedding where Oluwo tried to deflate his ego…

We gathered
that the major attempt to publicly ridicule Chief Ogundokun took
place at a Wedding Ceremony in Iwo
Central Mosque
on Saturday April 29 where the elder statesman was made the
Chairman of the Occasion. The Event which had the presence of eminent Islamic
scholars like the President General of Imams in the South West of Nigeria and
the  Chief Imams of Kwara, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun,
Iwo and Oshogbo in attendance saw Chief Ogundokun being honored by the
clerics due to his generosity to them. However, the Oluwo was alleged to have
greened with anger, claiming that Chief
Ogundokun
martched his foot during the event. The allegation looked too
cheap and comical as Chief Ogundokun
was never seated near him;

Chief Abiola Ogundokun at the Iwo Wedding where Oluwo allegedly abused him

Ogundokun was
sitting near the Director of State Security Services (Oyo State) who was
equally a guests at the event. Secondly, the royal chair the Oluwo brought to the event was a very
high one with over three steps (stairs) and nobody could have marched the foot
of the Iwo monarch except maybe a mosquito or an aimless fly. But the Oluwo was alleged to have claimed that Chief Ogundokun matched his foot. He was
alleged to be in that foul mood when the microphone got to him for his royal
blessing for the couple. He was to pray for the couple after two other Obas, Olufon
& Aragberi have offered their prayers. But the king allegedly
gave a different drama; instead for him to offer prayers, he allegedly began to
throw jibes at Chief Ogundokun and cursing his family, a situation that made
the Imams  at the event to quickly caution him. He was
said to have been cautioned and that got him more infuriated.

Oluwo on the High Chair where he allegedly claimed that Chief Abiola Ogundokun marched his foot

More drama later
took place as some Imams  allegedly tried to snatch the microphone off
the Oluwo’s hand in order to subsume
his anger and save the event from shame. But the youthful Oba allegedly refused to drop the microphone and nearly engaged the
Imams in a fisticuff. He later left
the event in annoyance and the next day, he was said to have announced the
stripping of Chief Abiola Ogundokun of all his titles.
But Chief Ogundokun sincerely
believed that the Oluwo was only
envious of the grace and attention given to him by the eminent Imams from all over the South West. That
was the beginning of the big drama.

Humiliation of Chief Abiola Ogundokun
(Part 2)

Chief Abiola Ogundokun….Very angry with the Oluwo

During an
alleged meeting in the private residence of the State’s Governor, Ogbeni
Rauf
Adesoji Aregbesola
, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
was said to have displayed total disrespect for the elderly Chief Abiola Ogundokun to the extent of allegedly threatening to beat him up, an
act that was said to have surprised the Governor. The drama allegedly began
when Chief Ogundokun was about to
defend himself after allowing the Oba
to speak first. But the Chief according to unconfirmed gist had hardly finished
his first sentence when the Oluwo furiously
stood up to him, threatening to slap him if he dare speak further. The Governor
was said to have calmed frayed nerves and advised the Oluwo to respect Chief
Ogundokun
and let peace reign. On that note they left but the matter was
far from ending as the Oluwo allegedly
continued to rattle Chief Ogundokun
back in Iwo.
The Obasanjo intervention…

Chief Abiola Ogundokun…Welcoming Oluwo and other traditional rulers to his Lagos home during the wedding of his daughter

 Another attempt by former Nigerian President
and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo  to settle the raging feud between Oba Adewale Akanbi and Chief Abiola Ogundokun was said to have
equally met a brickwall. The king was said to have told Chief Obasanjo not to worry, that he knows how to deal with Chief Ogundokun, even when the former
Nigerian President promised to travel down to Iwo to settle the crisis. But the Oluwo allegedly turned down his plea, promising to deal with Chief Ogundokun his own way. It was Chief Ogundokun that initially called
the attention of Chief Obasanjo to
the several court cases hanging on the neck of the Oluwo arising from a petition from the Oluwo of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye which acused Oba
Abdul Rasheed Akanbi
of being a fraudstar. Ogundokun used OBJ to find a lasting solution to
help bring peace between Oba Akanbi and  Oba
Adeoye
.

Chief Abiola Ogundokun piloting the Oluwo to comfort inside his house…

Oba Adeoye the Oluwo Oke had equally charged Oba Akanbi  to court for his alleged yahoo-yahoo activities in Canada, social misconduct, destruction of
properties (belonging to Oba Adeoye) among other allegations. But Oba Akanbi had allegedly refused to
honor court summons and threatened to arrest the judge, a situation that led to
a  bench warrant issued for his immediate
arrest. Sources claimed it was Ogundokun
who seek Baba Obasanjo’s help to get
the youthful Oluwo out of the legal
logjam which nearly sent him to jail.

The humiliation of Chief Abiola
Ogundokun (Part 3)

Chief Abiola Ogundokun…Used and dumped by the Oluwo?

Another
instance was said to have presented itself in far away Ikire (Osun State) during the funeral of the in-law of Dr.
Abimbola
, first son of a late Oluwo
(The first educated Oluwo). The new Oluwo
was said to have attended the event out of his volition. On sighting him, a
business magnate,

Iyalode of Iwo kingdom, Chief (Mrs.) Funmi Jabaru

Alhaji Ibrahim Inaolaji and the Iyalode of Iwo, Chief
(Mrs.) Funmi Jabaru
were said to have urged Chief Ogundokun to go and
greet the Oluwo. But Ogundokun was said to have expressed
reservation as he suspected that the monarch might embarrass him. He however,
agreed to go greet the Oluwo as a
wise elder. But on sighting them, the Oluwo
was alleged to have ignored the greetings from the senior citizens and kept
a straight face. He allegedly left them standing as he made his leave. The Iwo drama was said to have reinforced
his determination to ridicule Chief Ogundokun the more.

A king hate at home by his people?….

The Telu 1, …Hated by his People?

From our
investigation, it appears that other issues in the home front have pitched the
youthful monarch against his people and princes of the Iwo ruling houses. In a letter written early in the year by Princes
of Prominent ruling houses in Iwo
land and titled “MISUSE OF OFFICE AND
LACK OF RESPECT FOR PRINCES, ROYAL FAMILIES AND RULING HOUSES: A CALL FOR
IMMEDIATE CHANGE”
the princes of the Adegunodo,
Alausa, Ogunmakinde-Ande and Gbaase ruling houses warned the Oluwo to be very careful with his
conduct in public as that could ridicule the throne and image of their fore
fathers.

A warning letter on misconduct to the Oluwo by Royal families

The Princes raised four issues in the letter which has become a big challenge
to the Iwo monarchy since Oba
Abdul
Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
took over. One was the issues of the total
neglect of the princes by the king and how the king sometimes disgraces them
and deny them the opportunity to express their views. The Princes said this
attitude of the Oluwo has made them
to be ridiculed by the Oba’s guests
and visitors. The height of the insult, according to the letter is the
destruction of the Ogun deity in
front of the palace by agents loyal to the Oba early in the year.

2nd page of the warning letter to the Oluwo

Another
issue raised in the letter is that of a 5th ruling house “Olayilumi”
which has been claiming the right of existence whereas the 1988 Professor Awe commission that restored peace to Iwo land
recognizes only four ruling houses. The Princes are not happy that the new Oluwo remained adamant to the raging
crisis and didn’t provide solution as a leader. The third issue is the issue of
Oluwo attending events that bellitles
his standard without recourse to royal prestige. The Princes want the king to
always use members of the ‘Oluwo-in-Council’
often and send his staff to events except the event is an extra ordinary one
that warrants his presence.

A Protest letter over Sooko Chieftaincy by the Royal families against the Oluwo

The fourth
one is the wanton appointment of lesser Obas (Baales) The Princes want the
Oluwo to exercise caution in giving every tom, dick and harry a title as that
might become a threat to the royal home in the future.
The last and
the most controversial is the one relating to the Olori, the Princes alleged that the Oluwo crowned his wife,
they educated him that, it is a great abomination for a king to crown his wife
in Yoruba land and they want him to
revert his wife back to wearing only scarf and not a crown as she is never a
king. The Princess gave the Oluwo 14
days to answer their query and react on the issues raised. But the Oluwo was alleged to have affected the
arrest of the Princes who dared to write him such ‘obnoxious’ memo. They were
later released by eminent citizens.

A Protest letter against Sooko chieftaincy title from the royal families

 Another controversial issue between the Oluwo and Princes of the royal family is
what is now termed ‘Sooko crises. The Sooko title which is said to be alien to Iwo like every other thing equally
received a blank rejection from the four ruling houses in Iwo, namely; Adegunodo, Alausa, Ogunmakinde-Ande and Gbaase.
In a letter dated March 21, 2017, and titled ‘A Call for suspension of
Installation of Sooko Chieftaincy”
, the four ruling houses (Including Gbaase,
the house that produced him) kicked against the arbitrary introduction of such
an alien title to Iwo land and asked
the monarch to

Copy of a Protest letter from the Adegun-Odo Royal Family against the Oluwo

quickly remove the title from the nomenclature of titles in the
kingdom (Find letter here) The ruling Houses copied the DSS, Police and other
security agencies in Iwo and Osun State in order to save themselves
from the earlier vilification from the first letter. The letter which was
jointly signed by all the representatives of the 4 ruling houses warned the Oba
to behave.  

Oluwo cannot dethrone Ogundokun Imams

The Oluwo in a tete-a-tete with his extranged mentor, Chief Abiola Ogundokun

 

Yesterday,
May 3rd, 2017 a group of Muslim leaders in the three senatorial
zones of Aiyedire, Olaoluwa and Iwo in conjunction with princes from the 4 ruling houses converged
at the Iwo Central Mosque to reject
the April 30th title stripping of Chief Ogundokun by Oba Abdul
Rasheed Akanbi
. The meeting which held under the leadership of Sheikh Abdul Fatai Olododo and a sizeable
number of the royal families (Princes) in Iwo
land rejected Oluwo’s position,
insisting that High Chief Abiola Ogundokun remains a bonafide
Chief of Iwo kingdom with all his
titles intact. The meeting which allegedly had representatives of the Oluwo in attendance led by one Aremo Delani Adekola was tensed as the
Islamic leaders issued statements that the Oba
had no right to revoke the Islamic title of Balogun Musulumi of Iwo
since the title did not originate from the palace.

Another letter of protest letter from Royal Princes

Speaking
with Asabeafrika
this morning, one of the Princes and a secretary of one of the ruling homes who
attended the meeting, Prince Femi Omofoye, regretted that Iwo as a historic Yoruba town is going
through such a tough time like this in history “Yes, yesterday, we the Princes from the three local governments of
Aiyedire, Iwo and Olaoluwa met with the Muslim community and Chief Imams of Iwo
land. They actually invited us and we met them at Iwo Central Mosque. They
prayed for us and told us point blank that they have heard about the crisis
between Chief Abiola Ogundokun and
the Oluwo on both the radio stations
and in the newspapers, that he the Oluwo said he has dethrone the Bashorun
Musulumi, that they are not in support of such idle decision because the Bashorun
Musulumi has been ordained long ago. The title is an Islamic title and not a
traditional or palace title. So the King has no legal right to remove the
Basorun Musulumi. That they are officially telling us the princes that, Chief Abiola Ogundokun remains Basorun
Musulumi of Iwo
and the title remains”.
“Yes, of course, there was little
drama as his people (Oluwo’s Reps) tried to stand and speak against the
position of the Imams. But the head of the Princes in Iwo (Olori Omo Oba)
Prince Arowolo stood and lambasted Aremo Delani Adekola. Delani was shouted
down as the Princes asked him to tell Oluwo that nobody supports his decision
and that Chief Abiola Ogundokun can
never be disgraced as his titles were given by his (Oluwo’s) forefathers”

A protest letter by Princes from the Royal family

Prince Omofoye spoke further “Chief Abiola Ogundokun is not at fault in anyway, it is the Oluwo that
has continued to disgrace himself by ridiculing the princes and royal houses.
You are the one that is recalcitrant and a recalcitrant Oba will always
disgrace the society. It is a pity that we have a King that keeps disgracing us
in so many ways. He is so excited that he refuses to moderate his conduct, can
you imagine a whole first class king going to welcome a hip-hop star?”
“Olamide Badoo was coming to Iwo and
a whole Oluwo left his palace to go and welcome him at a distance four
kilometers to Iwo. These are the kind of things this Oluwo does that brings
ridicule to the throne. He is a disgrace to this throne and all we keep telling
him, he will never listen. We are tired of his conduct and we only hope that
Government will intervene because this is not the kind of king we bargained
for. We are tired of him”

Oluwo & Kola Abiola during one of his Ogundokun sponsored outings

“He did not only go to welcome Olamide,
he equally escorted the musician out of town and that is how he behaves. If a
minister is coming into town, or a commissioner comes visiting, he will run to
go meet them mid-way and equally escort them out which is not befitting of his
position as a 1st class Oba. Iwo is a first class throne not a third
class, you cannot continue to disparage the throne. This is the kind of
shameful things he does that we don’t want in Iwo. We cannot say we offended
God for giving us this kind of a king because if a king is not forthright, it
is like God is punishing the people. For us in Iwo, we only pray that
God
and government will intervene because we are as good as having no king because
this one misbehaves. We don’t want him again, all the princes are tired of him
and we want a change”
Stripping Ogundokun of his titles, my
best decision
Oluwo

Chief Abiola Ogundokun ushering Oluwo into his Lagos abode

Says; ‘I learnt the art of making my
wife wear a crown from Odudua’.

Some of Oluwo’s Aides

This blog made a call to the palace
of the Oluwo this morning to sound
the opinion of His Royal Majesty, Oba
Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
(Ilufemiloye Telu 1) and one Mr. Aliu Ibrahim, his Press Secretary
spoke to Asabeafrika reacting to
some of the allegations raised against his principal. Mr. Ibrahim assured this
blog that he was speaking the mind of his principal and nothing different. Enjoy
the dialogue!
 Q: My name is Gbenga, I
am calling from Asabeafrika.com
A: Ok
Q: We want to get
the opinion of His Royal Majesty Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi Adewale, Telu 1 in
respect of some of the allegations in the papers….
A: Please hold on, hold on, hold on….Haji Ibrahim (Calls
another aide to answer us)
Q: Ok.
A: (Another voice comes up) Hello, Hello…
Q: Hello, good
morning sir
A: Good morning….
Q: My name is Gbenga, I am calling from
Asabeafrika.com
A: from eh?
Q: Asabeafrika…it is an online
publication
A: Ok, ok,
Q: Please, may I know who I am
speaking with
A: You are speaking with Mr. Aliu Ibrahim
Q: We want to get some responses from
you on some allegations against His Royal Majesty, the Oluwo of Iwo made by
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun in the papers yesterday and in some other medium?
A: What are those allegations, sir?
Q: The first allegation is about some
despicable acts by His majesty and that he stripped the Chief of his titles (Traditional
& Islamic) and I think there is a petition about to be sent to the governor
about some actions of the king like snatching of microphone from Imam in the
mosque and the one of His Royal Majesty going to welcome an Hip-Hop artiste
Olamide Badoo at Odo Oba and many other allegations. So, what do you have to
say about Chief Ogundokun’s titles?
A: Yes, the issue is by-gone because what we are saying
here is that the royal fathers, the traditional rulers are the custodians of
religion and tradition. And they are the custodians of commandments, it is the monarch
that installed any chief either religious or traditional title. In fact, if you
are talking of religious title, who installed the Imam? It is the royal father
that installed the Imam and there can never be any installation of religious
title in the mosque without the knowledge of the what?, of the monarch, of the
traditional ruler. Are you with me?
Q: Yes, sir, I am with you… I am with
you.
A: So it is the traditional institution that makes or
install anybody as it is, and when the traditional institution finds the action
of such a person inimical to the economic and religious activities of the town,
the same traditional institution has the power to remove such a person. I won’t
comment much on the issue that is what I have to say.
Q: Are you reacting on behalf of the
king or it is your private opinion as his aide? I mean, is this the opinion of
His Royal Majesty?
A: Yes, yes….
Q: The full opinion of his Royal
Majesty?
A: Yes…
Q: Are you aware of the meeting of
the Imams from the 3 LGAs and Princes from all the Royal families yesterday at
the Iwo Central Mosque where they debunked the Oba’s decision to relieve Chief
Ogundokun of his title of Balogun Musulumi, saying that the Oluwo has no right
whatsoever to strip Chief Ogundokun of his Balogun Musulumi title?
A: The
palace is unaware of that; it is just a cook story
Q: But they said one of your guys was
there…that is the Aremo Delani Adekola, that he was at the Sheikh Olododo
meeting yesterday to represent the Oluwo?
A: Maybe….i….. won’t comment on that…but I am speaking
authoritatively that the palace was not aware of that…
Q: You mean the (palace is not aware
of the) meeting yesterday?
A: Yes…
Q: There are series of other
allegations, but what can you say to the one on Hip-Hop music star Olamide Badoo
that the Oluwo went to welcome him mid-way when he was coming into town? Is
that also part of tradition?
A: Well, when you are talking of traditional rulers,
there are different classes of traditional rulers. Even if someone is coming
from the far north, as a responsible traditional ruler, you have to
accommodate…
Q: No, what they are saying here is
that Baba (Oluwo) went out of his palace to like 4 kilometers to go and welcome
a hip-hop artiste and he even stood on a vehicle with Olamide and the Kabiyesi
was shouting Badoo! Badoo! Badoo! With Olamide?
A: Do you have the video or the audio, sir?
Q: Well, that is the allegation we
have here…
A: It is just a rumor, I have never witnessed that. Even
you as a journalist, if you come to the palace to ask, the Oluwo will attend to
you. So it was just a rumor, they were unfounded and Kabiyesi has the right to
attend to anybody. Oluwo is feeding the less privileged three times every week
and those less privileged, the orphans will come to the palace, Oluwo will
dance with them, he will shake hand with them, he will speak to them and
restore their hope that they can be anything in life. Yes, the palace of Oluwo
is opened.
Q: There is also another allegation
that the Oluwo used revered Islamic traditional regalia, Alikinba to dance a secular song? Why did he do that?
A: When was that?
Q: Recently
A: Maybe they meant another monarch not Oluwo
Q: There is also the allegation on
the Sooko title that is being frowned upon by the four ruling houses? Why is
the king not listening to them?
A: He wanted to give it out, to whom?
Q: That he wanted to give it to
indigenes….
A: They are
cook up stories to deform the image of the palace
Q: It was also alleged that he gave a
title Aipate Oluwo-Ode to one Barrister Bashir Adewale Quadri only to later
defraud the Barrister and gave the title to another person?
A: They should show the proof of the money he collected
from the Barrister.
Q: So, why did Kabiyesi give his wife
a title and crowned her?

A: They should go and confirm, Oduduwa was one of the prominent Yoruba
traditional rulers and his wife wore a crown. So, they should go and confirm.
Q: You mean Oduduwa’s wife wore a
crown?
A: Yes, he
gave a crown to his wife and his wife wore the crown. They should go and
confirm. In addition to that, one of the Professors of history from OAU and he
happens to be a prince of Ife, he came with an archeological cast to show that
Oduduwa  (actually) gave his wife a crown
to wear. He had to design the something (archeological cast) and brought it as
a gift for Oluwo to attest to the
fact that the wife of a monarch has the right to wear a crown. Those are people
who know the history and story behind the tradition…
Q: You mean the Prof?
A: Yes…
Q: What is his name?
A: I will find the name and get back to you on that,
sir.
Q: But Chief Ogundokun is an
institution in Iwo and Nigeria, why would the king just wake up and strip him of
his titles?
A: Oluwo is
not in contest with anybody. Everybody in Iwo is his sons and daughters. He is
not fighting anybody. How can a father be fighting his son?
Q: You mean Chief Abiola Ogundokun is
the Oluwo’s son?
A: Hello?
Q: I mean, are you saying Chief
Ogundokun is Oluwo’s son?
A: I ask
you, who is the number one citizen of any town?
Q: Of course, that must be the king
A: That is what I am referring to, or you are you saying
we should not follow the tradition?
Q: Definitely no…
A: I won’t say more than that…
Q: Is he returning his titles to him
as an elder statesman?
A: (Kept quiet
for a while before speaking) you said what?
Q: I said is the Oluwo restoring
Chief Ogundokun’s titles to him since he said he has disrobed him?
A: That is the best decision for the monarch for now. I
don’t know of any other decision.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This journalist should be courageous enough to tell us how much he has been paid by the Ogundokun to cook up such rubbish about Iwo, The Oluwo, and the religious leaders of the ancient kingdom. It's unfortunate to note that "I never Chop" dry-head journalists will do anything for money.

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