INDIGENS of Imala community
in the newly created Oke-Ogun
Local Council Development
Area have expressed readiness
to challenge Governor Ibikunle
Amosun and the Ogun State
House of Assembly over the
ceding of Obada/Idi-Emi to
another LCDA.
The Indigens, led by their
monarch, Omala of Imala,
Oba Moses Adelani Olabode,
maintained that Obada/Idi-Emi
is a community under Imala
and would resist any attempt to
merge same with Imeko/Afon
Local Government Area.
Obada/Idi-Emi has been a point of controversy since the
proposed creation of LCDAs in
the state with Imeko/Afon also
laying claim to the area.
Addressing a press conference
at his palace, the monarch
explained that the community
would take legal, constitutional
and peaceful means to challenge
the decision.
Oba Adelani showered
appreciation on Governor
Amosun for the creation of Oke-
Ogun LCDA with Imala as its
He, however, insisted that
ceding Obada/Idi-Emi to Afon
LCDA was a dangerous trend
that can breed trouble.
Omala, who was armed with
the 2010 directory of polling units
in Ogun State published by the
Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, said Obada/
Idi-Emi has never been part of
Imeko Afon as is being claimed.
He accused the Speaker of the
Assembly, Suraj Isola Adekunbi,
and the member representing
Imeko Afon State Constituency
of lying against history.
The monarch, who explained
that Imala had been a District
Council through an act of
Parliament since 1947, blamed
the military for the loss of the
“This issue has been an age
long one even before the colonial
masters, Imala has been a
kingdom. It became a district
council in 1947 through an
act of parliament when many
nations knew nothing about
self governance.
“Obada is part and parcel
of Idi-Emi and has never
been a ward in Imeko Afon
and should not be ceded.
Merging people with distinct
differences in origin, history,
culture and dialect may be
disastrous. The willingness of
the people to belong should be
respected otherwise you will
be recolonising people,” he
Governor Amosun had
recently signed the bill for the
creation of 37 LCDAs into law.