26th May, 2010
Civil disorder is looming in Onigbongbo, Lagos, Nigeria, as three persons are laying claim to the Obaship stool.
Consequently, the residents are calling on the state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola to intervene to avert tthe crisis.
One of the residents and Onigbongbo-based businessman, Alhaji Tijani Mohammed who spoke on the issue expressed concern about the situation which he said the governor was aware of, having waded into the crisis when he was the Chief of Staff to then Governor Bola Tinunu.
He said the state government should clarify who among Alhaji Prince Taofeek Owolabi Ganiyu, Hon. Ganiyu Aremu Sadiq and Waheed Kayode Sadiq was the elected Oba of Onigbongbo.
It was gathered that in August 2003, the Ilu-Obi ruling House Onigbongbo had written to the Ikeja Local Government and Lagos State Government to inform them that the oracle had chosen Alhaji Taofeek Owolabi Ganiyu as the Oba. But the people of Onigbongbo reportedly said they already had an elected person and this has nearly torn the community apart since then.
P.M.NEWS also gathered that Ikeja Local Government has also written a letter dated 24 October, 2005 to Chief Mumini Olatunji Yusuf asking him to stop parading himself as Baale/Oba of Onigbongbo.
The community is calling on the state government to conduct a plebiscite to enable the people to choose who they want to lead them before the 2011 general elections.