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Supremacy battle: Olota Obalanlege, other Awori obas meet over Alake

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Traditional rulers in Awori Kingdom of Ogun State are holding a special meeting in Ota on Friday to discuss the crisis over the supremacy battle between the Olota of Ota and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.

The meeting which is scheduled to hold at the palace in Ota, is at the instance of Oba Obalanlege.

It would see the obas strategizing and taking a common position on the crisis.

A palace source told FrontPage that the meeting would consider the ongoing crisis and the traditional rulers of the kingdom would decide on the next line of action.

It would be recalled that there has been a battle of supremacy between Olota and Alake.

Alake had said the people of Ota, including their king were under his jurisdiction.

But in a swift reaction, the Olota debunked the claim, saying it was a misnomer to consider him and the Awori people to be under Alake.

In a statement he issued on the case, Oba Obalanlege explained that the settlement of Awori people preceded the establishment of Abeokuta as an Egba Kingdom in 1830, adding that Ota had been existing since the 15th century.

According to him, the first Olota, Oba Ikoriku Toribo, was coronated in 1621, while the first Alake in Abeokuta,  Sagbua Okukenu, was crowned on 8th August,  1854.

“It goes without saying that putting an Olota under an Alake is both a traditional misnomer and historic fallacy,” he said.

He explained further: “I need to remind Alake of Ake that in Ogun State, the settlement of Awori people preceded the establishment of Abeokuta as an Egba Kingdom in 1830. Otta, the foremost Awori town within the present Ogun State and which is the industrial nerve centre, for instance,  has been existing since the 15th century.  The first Olota, Oba Ikoriku Toribo was coronated in 1621, while the first Alake in Abeokuta,  Sagbua Okukenu was crowned on 8th August,  1854.”

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