Tension was high. Peace was fragile. Eyes widely opened. Ears kept to the ground . It was like a vigil. Nobody slept. It was a world of gloomy and uncertainty. Some who would have loved to stay neutral or aloof could not for it was not this time . It is like watching the World Cup, no, it was like Barrack Obama’s first election when the First Black man contested for the America Presidency, the election was watched by the whole world with rapt attention and pumping hearts. Yes , it was like when President Barrack Obama and his men were watching how America SEAL Team Six bombarded Osama Bin Laden’s house in Abbottabad , Pakistan on May 2, 2011.Tension filled the air!.Back home, it was like the June 12 presidential election.
Olowo of Owo -elect addressing the Chiefs and crowd
The Olowo of Owo’s Palace was full. Some came to watch how the election would go while some were there to start the joyful mood when announced while others were ready to ….. if there is any magomago or wuruwuru.
Yet, it is like sitting on a keg of gun powder. Time bomb. Many had their blood pressure shot up. All kinds of rumors and gossips went round the town. Text messages were flying like kite .
All hands were on deck. Hmmnn , Owo a town honoured and respected in Yoruba land . Owo whose name is in the Bible , known as the land of Honour . A town blessed with erudite scholars, political juggernauts , successful business men and business women .A town that has its natives in Diaspora .
Owo is one of the most sensitive towns in terms of politics and chieftaincy titles. Owo indigenes hate cheating. Don’t toy with Owo when it comes to politics and chieftaincy titles . No wonder Socrates said ”Wonder is the beginning of Wisdom’’.Owo will perform ‘’wonder’’ if anything contrary to their wishes happens.
Olowo-elect waving to his supporters
Who will become the next Olowo of Owo ?. Who will become the King and be addressed as Kabiyesi oooo?. Who will be greeted thus : Okun Aragbarigbi , akata ila bori Ogho male, ogede so too too?(the mighty expansive ocean , the great white umbrella –like shelter of Owo. The prolific banana tree that bears so much fruits-Courtesy Prof . Rowland Abiodun).
Who will occupy the highly revered throne in Yoruba land? .Who will fit into the late Olowo of Owo HIM Oba David Folagbade’s shoe? . From Owo, Lagos, United Kingdom , Canada , France and America different news flew round.
OWO IN SEARCH OF A KING
Immediately the late Olowo of Owo Oba David Victor Folagbade Olagbegi III joined his ancestors on the 16th of April there were speculations of who is qualified and not qualified to be the King .When Pastor Enoch Adeboye , the Spiritual Leader of The Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) came to the town to commiserate with the family and kinsmen , he prayed that God should provide another King that would bring peace and development to the ancient town. He also prayed that God will give the town a King that would be after His heart.
Christians prayed while the Moslems were not left out. Infact according to rumour the Chiefs and Ifa Diviners went as far as to another town to consult oracles like the Oracle in Delphi. Then a shock that almost threw everybody off balance landed as a man who claimed to have come from an area released a video that went viral . He came out with shocking messages that some traditional title holders would die before the town can enjoy peace. Yes, the man goofed as Owo became peaceful without the death of those he mentioned. I wish the man is fished out to tell us where he got the message!.
Who will Ifa Oracle pick that would not cause problem? .Who will God chose among these Princes? Oro nla!.
Many contestants came out , pulling their weights. We need to thank Ojomo Oluda and the Omolowos for their wisdom and boldness to do the job as the town did not go into crisis.
Arguments flowed freely as questions were asked: How can someone who lives far away from home come back home to contest for the throne? .Did these contestants have investment that will benefit Owo?. Who should be the next ruling house to contest?. We don’t want old people to be King. Haa! You should allow another ruling House to contest. We don’t want this and that ruling house again, all these arguments and counter arguments were raised and debated upon by many but having forgotten that the choice lies in Omolowos who are Kingmakers headed by Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo the Ojomo Oluda of Ijebu Owo.
The envious seat became hot cake and big debate of all as some members of the three ruling houses viz; Olateru- Olagbegi, Ajike and Ogunoye came up. Arguments heated up , some said they are all from same Elewuokun ruling House and anybody among them could vie for it. There were about 18 contestants vying for one position. These contestants flexed muscles as nobody wanted to step down, those begged to step down did not oblige. Haaa!, Kilode? -Only one position. Social media was awash with stories and references .
While all these contestants were greeted in the public as Oba l’ola (Future king ) . Then the political song of 1960s Bi o r’owo mi oo r’inu mi Demo ni mo wa …. came to mind . Some of these contestants were supported publicly but not supported privately. Speculations went round that some of the contestants promised cars,promised to bring business to Owo, and to turn the ancient town to Eldorado, and many more if elected .
Contacts were made as everybody was battle -ready . The town was guarded by armed- to- the teeth Mobile Policemen in order to forestall break down of law and order. Yes , the governor has to do this because the ancient town has records of violence in politics and chieftaincy matters .Unconfirmed rumour has it that some of the town’s boys too were ready to strike in case the people’s wish was not accepted .Filling stations were shut down as no one knows what will be the outcome of the election. Only few went to the market and they closed early. Mark you, Owo does not tolerate cheating , no matter how simple it is.
Day was Friday. Time ticked. The day seemed to be too slow and before you knew it the appointed time came : 3pm on the dot for the voting .
Eyes were blood shot. Some had their blood pressure high .And the questions on everybody’s mouth is ”Who will support who?’’
Votes were cast , Prince Suyi Olagbegi scored one vote , he came second while some scored zero but at least they were present to mark register and added to the number of the people who came to witness the heroic occasion .Then came the result and announcement , Prince Gbadegesin Ajibade Ogunoye scored 14 out of 15 votes. There was public cries of joy, shouts of hallelujah rent the air. The result was signed by those that mattered while Kabiyesi Ojomo Oluda Kofoworola signed .
Like a heavily pregnant woman who had just delivered in the labour room . Tension died down. .Jubilation filled everywhere . The townsmen jubilated . Everywhere went frenzy .Beer parlous gave free drinks. Many declared free drinks. It was the first time Owo spoke in one voice, said Honurable Murtala Ahmed.
Mr.Matthew Obajuluwa said ”this is the first time Owo will elect their king without any crisis and we are happy’’, Obajuluwa said on phone, he added ” the Oba -elect Ajibade is loved by the old and the young .This is a new beginning in Owo,Imagine , there is no trouble of any kind as everything went peacefully”.
Vox Populi , Vox Dei
Phones rang everywhere and the voice heard or the message was ”Ajibade has won! Ajibade has won!!Ajibade has won!!!God has taken control”. This was from Nigeria , then from the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, France .There was celebration all over the world . Lobo Agaun far away in Missouri celebrated the victory, he said ” that is what we want , the young and ebullient Prince has become the King.The man has charisma, loved by all and is very accommodating and humble .No arguments and no story ”, he said joyfully .The good news spread like wildfire and the following story went like this ;
”Ajike was the first to embrace Ajibade then Leke while others followed suit. According to information gathered all the contestants had been made to sign a treaty that whoever won the election should be accepted by all and there should not be fight over this”, Jide Tububo said.
THE LAST PROSTRATION
The chiefs asked the Oba- elect to prostrate for the last time and greet them all. He obeyed as he prostrated and greeted Kabiyesi Ojomo Oluda Ojomo , the Omolowos and other chiefs.
The new Oba -elect who wore an immaculate white agbada with a white cap to match addressed the crowd as the shout of Olowo Baba O! rent the air. He entered an open roof Jeep and started waving , and thanking his supporters and the kinsmen for their support.
Investigation revealed that some sacrifices and rituals had commenced since then.
”Immediately they start the other sacrifices the marketers will leave Ogwata and go back to the King’s Market which had been shut since the demise of the Olowo Olateru Olagbegi III”, a source dislosed.
TALE OF THREE LAWYERS
Olowo throne is significant because it has become a tale of three lawyers .A lawyer succeeded a lawyer and a lawyer will give staff of office .The late Olowo of Owo was a Lawyer while the Oba -elect is also a lawyer and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu the Ondo State governor who will give the royal staff of office to the new -elect Oba is also a lawyer.What a coincidence!.
The late Olateru -Olagbegi III assumed his reign in his 50s while Ajibade assumes in his 50s too.
The late Olateru -Olagbegi III was as gentle as a dove ditto Ajibade who is simple and humble too
The two became the third (Olagbegi -Olagbegi III and Ogunoye III). The two royal fathers served the government too.In Missouri , America the rhythm continues
Bade de ade
A o baa dee,
Bade de ade Oba,
Haa , e wo bi t’omode t’agba ti nwariri fun Bade ,
Bade ti di Oba