Three communities in the newly-created Boripe North Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Osun State have insisted that the idea of making Iree the headquarters of the LCDA is unacceptable and that they would pursue their position to have Modaa, Ada as the headquarters, as contained in a letter of protest earlier presented to Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
In a communiqué issued at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting of traditional rulers, religious groups, opinion and political leaders, youths and market women from the communities of Ada, Aagba and Ororuwo held recently.
They dissociated themselves from the so-called rejoinder by some members of Aagba community, saying it was authored by impostors, impersonators and disgruntled elements who are still smarting from their loss in an obaship tussle that has been laid to rest.
The stakeholders added that many of those named as signatories to the rejoinder have complained that their signatures were forged and that those responsible are well-known figures with criminal records in the community.
According to the communiqué, signed by 15 representatives, the three communities remained undaunted in their request to have Modaa, Ada as the headquarters of the new LCDA. Representatives of the three communities said if the government cannot rescind the decision to make Iree an LCDA headquarters, then it should accede to their request to make Modaa, Ada, their own headquarters, as contained in the memorandum they presented for the creation of the Boripe North LCDA, “which Iree was never a party to.”
It added: “We shall continue to maintain peace in pursuit of our legitimate demand never to have or allow the imposition of Iree as the headquarters of our LCDA.”
The stakeholders enjoined the Osun State Government to immediately put the machinery in motion to address what they described as injustice to the three aggrieved communities.
Those who signed the communiqué included: Oba Abimbola Olalekan Abioye II, the Olona of Ada; Oba Rufus Ilufemiloye Ogunwole, Kujoosin I, the Alaagba of Aagbaland; Mr. Adewale Olugbemiga Abimbola, Chairman, Ada Development Council; Hon. Anthony Oladipupo, Chairman, Aagba Development Council; and Mr. Oderinu Folorunso, Chairman, Ororuwo Development Council.
The other signatories are: Chief Kola Oyasola Oyadeji, the Aswaju of Ada; Chief James Bamigbola, the Eesa of Aagbaland; Chief Ayo Adeniyi, the Asiwaju of Ororuwo; Prince Tunde Ponnle (Miccom), a community leader in Ada; Hon. I.I. Adelakun, a community leader in Ororowo; Pa J.O. Olarinde, a community leader in Ada; Chief Abayomi Odeyale, the Ojomu of Aagbaland; and Mr. Olusola Olusoji Ayanbode, a community leader in Ororuwo.