#IbeseKingship: King makers decision contrary to constitution


Since the demise of the Onibese of Ibesaland, Joel Bamgbose, the 13th ruler of the town who died in January 12, 2017 at the age of 98, who will be the next King has been causing rancour in the land.

The Ibese community in Yewa North Local Government Area  of Ogun State, where Dangote built one of its largest cement plants in Africa, due to compromises by its king makers, is yet to have a new leader since 2017 as claimed by Alexander Aliu of the Olokojobi’s family.

Gbedu Magazine gathered that there are two families who are entitled to the kingship of the land, the Alangbos and the Olokojobis. Oba Aina ruled the community from May 5 1930 till May 10, 1957 before the reign of Bamgbose of the Alangbo family who gained the throne in April 20, 1978 till he died in January 12, 2017, which had led to the vacancy of the throne till date.

Gbedu Magazine also learnt that the Olokojobi’s family is the next family to recieve the King title of Ibese, and the constitution of the land stipulates that the eldest son of the family should be crowned the king, but in the absence of a male child in the family, the nearest female child will be enthroned.

It was then gathered that Alexander Aliu Adegbemiro Idowu is the eldest son of Olokojobi’s, and he is entitled to the throne according to the constitution, but the King Makers decided to enthrone Oluwarotimi Mulero, a grand daughter of Olokojobi’s family.

The decision of the king makers is said to have been manipulated and considered to be wrong due to the compromises of the throne for a grand daughter in the same family where a son still exists.

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