Former Nigerian Presidential Aide, Adebiyi Adesida, Becomes the New Deji of Akure

Published on August 12th, 2010

The new Deji of Akure, Adebiyi Adesida


A major power player, Prince Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida, has been announced by Akure King Makers as the new Deji, the King of the ancient city which doubles as the capital of Ondo State, South-west Nigeria.


Ojijigogun ruling house, the next in line of succession to the candidate of Osupa ruling house, ex-Oba Oluwadamilare Adeshina who was dethroned for sacrilegious misdeeds against the town’s traditions and customs, closed its ranks and divisions and announced Prince Adebiyi Adesida as the new king. Prince Adesida is a right hand man of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He maintained a low visibility as a Presidential Aide to Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.


He is a man of traditions, he loves Akure, although he lived mostly in Ibadan, with his wife, a PhD holder in Agric-Economics who woks with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, as a Director in Ilorin, Kwara State, he is a grassroots man. Reacting to the news of his father’s selection as the new Deji, his first son, Adetunji Adesida prayed for the peace of Akure, saying “my father loves his people”.


The Letter of confirmation was handed over to him by the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi with an admonition to bring all the contestants to the throne together and work for the peace, progress and development of Akure and Ondo State. In his response, the new Deji, Adebiyi Adesida thanked the Government and the people of Akure with an assurance that he would use his office to bring back the glory of Akure and contribute to the development of the State. He assured the people of Akure that the city, during his reign, would witness rapid transformation and called for their assistance and cooperation in the onerous task of lifting the city to an enviable place.


Earlier on Thursday morning, the Ondo State Government had approved the selection of Prince Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida as the Deji-Elect of Akure Land. Speaking at a Press Conference jointly addressed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ranti Akerele, and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Diran Iyantan, Mr. Akerele said “the selection has been found by government to be in compliance with the relevant provisions of the Chief’s Law as well as the Deji of Akure Registered Declaration 1991. Government has therefore appointed Prince Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida as the Deji-Elect.”


It will be recalled that the Deji Stool became vacant on the 10th of June, 2010, following the deposition of the former Deji, Prince Adepoju Adesina.


Akerele said the selection process commenced on the 15th of June at the instance of the Executive Council of Ondo State. The Executive Council had on that day directed the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs who in turn directed the Akure South Local Government Area authorities to contact the relevant ruling house to begin selection process. Akerele said: “The Ojijigogun Ruling House was by a letter from the Akure South Local Government Area on the 29th July, 2010, asked to embark on the selection process.


“The Ruling House, after other preliminary meetings, met on the 11th of August and selected Prince Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida. “The Secretary to the Akure South Local Government Area as the Secretary to the Committee on selection forwarded his report to the appropriate channel which came up before the Executive Council as a memo this afternoon.


“The memo was approved by the Executive council in a unanimous decision.” Head of Akure Kingmakers, and the Odopetu of Akure, High Chief Michael Falade who had earlier opposed the selection of Oba Adebiyi Adesida on Friday recanted his earlier stance as he was not only present at the presentation of instrument of office for Oba Adesida but told journalist that contrary to earlier reports, majority of the kingmakers voted for the selection of the monarch. His u-turn thus laid to rest the controversy over the Deji of Akureland selection process. He had earlier stated that one of the candidates who vied for the stool, Prince Ademola Adegoroye got the highest votes.


But Falade while speaking with journalists immediately after the presentation of staff of office to the new Deji by Governor Olusegun Mimiko said: “Well, I can assure you, the state government and all my fellow kingmakers that majority of the kingmakers voted for the new Deji, Oba Adebiyi Adesida who was given staff of office today, we are going to unite behind him. “So, there will be no problem, there will be no rancour, there will be no court case, no crisis, they should support the Deji, we made all the contestants to enter into an undertaking at the beginning of the selection process that none of them will foment trouble when the winner eventually emerges. And this is our stance. We wish the Kabiyesi many years on the throne and pray that under him Akure will attain more greatness and we thank our Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko for giving us a level playing field.”



            
The new Deji of Akure, Adebiyi Adesida receiving his Letter of Appointment from the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi at the Governor’s Office in Akure
The new Deji of Akure, Adebiyi Adesida, Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi and Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Diran Iyantan during the presentation of Letter of Appointment to Adesida at the Governor’s Office in Akure

The new Deji of Akure, Adebiyi Adesida displaying

his Letter of Appointment shortly after being presented

with the letter by the Ondo State Deputy Governor,

Alhaji Ali Olanusi at the Governor’s Office in Akure

The new Deji of Akure, Adebiyi Adesida shortly

after being presented with his letter of appointment

by the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji

Ali Olanusi at the Governor’s Office in Akure

Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida, (Afunbiowo II) receiving his Certificate and Staff of Office as the new Deji from Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko at the Governor’s Office in Akure
L-R): Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida, (Afunbiowo II) receiving his Staff of Office as the new Deji from Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko at the Governor’s Office in Akure