Ogbomoso Monarch Snubs Akala, Refuses Ex-Gov Entry Into Palace

Alao Akala
The hope of a former Governor of
Oyo State and Labour Party gubernatorial‎ candidate in the 2015 general
election, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, ‎to regain his lost relevance in his home
state with his intended move to the ruling All Progressives Congress may have
suffered a major setback in his hometown, Ogbomoso, due to his fallout with the
Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi.


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Between January 2006 and May 2011
when Alao-Akala held sway as governor, he had a running battle with the trio of
the Alaafin of Oyo, the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Soun of Ogbomosoland.
It was gathered that Oba Oyewumi,
who is married to Alao-Akala’s cousin, Olori Laronke, had at different times
cautioned the former Governor on his unruly behaviour to elders in the state,
including the Alaafin and Olubadan.
It is worth of note that Soun’s
son, Prince Kunle Oyewumi, who served as Alao-Akala’s Special Adviser on MDGs,
had in the past made several efforts to manage the relationship between the
former governor and the Soun.
According to a source, the
ex-police officer had at his thanksgiving service on May 29, 2011 rained abuses
on the person of Oba Oyewumi, attributing his failure to clinch the second term
to the monarch’s support for Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
It was gathered that shortly
before attending a programme in commemoration of the 50th remembrance
anniversary of Chief S. L. Akintola on Thursday, Alao-Akala in the company of
the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had visited Oba Oyewumi ‎to seek
forgiveness from the monarch.
Governor Ajimobi and Alao-Akala
were reported to have arrived the palace at 4.25pm and left at 4.50pm.
According to those privy to the
visit, the duo, who were clad in Agbada, were shocked as‎ the first class
traditional ruler refused to grant Alao-Akala access to his inner chamber and
did not heed to Ajimobi’s plea on behalf of the former governor.
A visibly disappointed Ajimobi was
said to have imagined the level of atrocities Alao-Akala had committed against
the monarch, who many know as non-partisan and easy going.
It will recalled that the Alaafin
Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, had also rejected a letter of apology from
Alao-Akala shortly before the 2015 election, insisting that he will not forgive
the ex-police officer’s arrogance and unruly behaviour while he held sway as
governor.
To some analysts, the rejection of
Alao-Akala by strong chieftains of the APC in Ogbomoso zone, including Senator
Fati Buhari and Chief Akin Oke, may have put the fate of the former governor
hanging in the political circle of Oyo State.

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