Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu, the new Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, in Ekiti State has formally assumed the traditional throne of his fore fathers, calling  on all indigenes to join hands with him to develop the town.
The traditional ruler, who yesterday concluded all traditional rites required of him to mount the Ogoga stool after which he was ushered into the palace amidst pomp and pageantry.
He succeeds the late Oba, Oba Samuel Adegoke Adegboye, from the Akayejo Ruling House who joined his ancestors on August 22, 2014 after reigning for 43 years on the throne.
An uncontrollable crowd  were on hand to witness the final rites of passage to the palace of the new monarch as the entire palace area was turned to a huge carnival amidst singing, dancing and drumming.
Oba Adu received homage from traditional chiefs, quarter chiefs, age-grade groups, women groups, youths, interest groups and ethnic nationalities who wished him a peaceful reign on the throne of his forefathers.
According to the new Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu, said he felt fulfilled and humbled becoming the 27th Ogoga of Ikere promising to justify the confidence reposed in him by the kingmakers and other stakeholders in the community.
He explained that he would use his new position to pursue the peace of the town in order to experience rapid socio-economic development as an important town in Ekiti land.
Oba Adu also used the opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to other princes who contested the throne with him promising his readiness to always carry them and other indigenes along in the day-to-day running of the community.
While emphasizing that development could only take place in an atmosphere of peace, the Oba  said he has started reaching out to his co-contestants and other people who are aggrieved by his emergence to join hands and lift the town to greater heights.
He disclosed that all the kingmakers have resolved to work with him and they are actively involved in the task of reconciling fellow royals on the other side of the divide.
Speaking on his development agenda for Ikere during his reign, Oba Adu explained that his dream is to work towards the industrialization of the community to boost its economy.
He pledged to enlist the support of his wide network of friends within and outside the country to set up investment in the town by tapping its abundant agricultural, forestry, mineral and tourism resources.
Oba Adu said he is deeply concerned about the high rate of unemployment among the youths of the community saying this would occupy a front burner in his development agenda as the monarch.
He said: “I am deeply concerned about the unemployment of our youths many of whom had graduated without jobs. My desire is to reach out to industrialists to set up industries and small scale businesses to provide jobs for our teeming youths.
“Ikere has huge potentials as investors destination and I will work with my people to ensure overall development of our town as it is a strategically located community.
“I feel elated, humbled and proud to be chosen as the Ogoga and this will give me an opportunity to work for the peace, progress and development of Ikere because Ikere is a proud city, a city that had never been conquered in history.
“This is a thing of joy, this is a thing of great fulfillment and I am looking forward to a peaceful, fruitful and prosperous reign.”

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