There might be end in sight on the supremacy battle between the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona after Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State intervened yesterday.
Both Alake and Awujale yesterday met the Governor in his Oke-Mosan office behind closed doors in a meeting which lasted for about three hours.
Nigerian Pilot gathered from a reliable source close to the Governor that Amosun had met both Awujale and Alake separately in their various palaces before yesterday’s meeting.
The meeting was strictly between the trio of Amosun, Awujale and Alake as the Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga and other members of the State executive were barred from the meeting.
The duo of Dagurewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya who accopanied Awujale and the Ba’aroyin of Egbaland and Chairman of Ogun NUJ, Lai Labode who accompanied Alake to the meeting were also shut out.
It will be recalled that the two first class Ogun State traditional rulers have been on war part for quite some days after the ranking of Yoruba Obas by the Alake which placed Awujale at 5th immediately behind Alake.
The Awujale, at professorial chair at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye held in Lagos last week lambasted Alake and urged him to seek education from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in order not to embarass his people.
Awujale also categorised Alake as a junior Oba in Yorubaland adding that his ranking was based on a newspaper publication.
But Alake who also replied through his palace Chiefs on Monday said he wasn’t ready to trade insults with the Ijebu Monarch but affirmed that his ranking was based on government Gazeth and not newspaper report.
Alake also advised Awujale to stop ‘chunning out historical falsehood in the presence of knowledgeable Nigerians’.
Speaking after the meeting, the Governor who appeared evasive said the meeting was for the security of the state adding that there was nothing like ranking of Obas in Ogun State.
He said, “Our fathers are here to see me, of course, we deliberated on so many things, and I am sure you want to say what’s happening, indeed nothing is happening, they came here to see the posibility of how to make sure that we have peace in the state, amongst so many other things that we did.
“And don’t forget that this is the first time that I will have the opportunity to show appreciation for the 40th anniversary.
“There’s nothing like ranking of Obas, I can tell you that, we know ourselves, our fathers, we have our ways even before the advent of colonial masters or what have you, we have ways of how we leave in harmony and I think we will continue to do that.
“Don’t forget, with all sense of humility and responsibility, that in the context of we Yorubas, we know our pre-eminent status, those of us from Ogun State, so we want to keep up with that tradition, we are not going to fan any ember of disunity, what we are known for in Ogun State is that all of us are one and we are still one.
“Indeed in the comity of the Yorubas, we know what we do and we know what we stand for and that we will continue to do that.”
Both Alake and Awujale also refused to discolse the outcome of the meeting but only said they visited the Governor in order to great him and discuss ‘other issues’.
When asked to comment on the feud between the duo, Awujale said, “We are here to say Hello to you, there’s no problem gentlemen.”
It was also believed that the traditional rulers used the opportunity to discuss the issue of striking workers with the Governor as the leadership of the workers had earlier met Alake in the morning.
The Governor who was also asked to talk about the the strike said, “I told you that they are here to ensure peace and harmony in Ogun State, they are here and its part of the things they’ve come to discuss with me but we will not discuss what we regard as classified openly.
“You know we are running round to make things happen and we are still running round.”
Alake who was also asked on the purpose of the visit said, “I have come to see my Governor for many things including the strike action of workers like you’ve mentioned and I want to assure that they will go back to work very very soon by the grace of God.”
On the fedu between him and Awujale, Alake said, “Egbas and Ijebus has never been at war.”