History was made in Ota today as Dr Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege emerges as the 13th Olota of Ota to fill the vacant stool. You will recall that the Olota stool became vacant since May 2017 following the transition of the late Olota of Ota Oba Moshood Alani Oyede.
The newly elected Olota until is election a Senior lecturer at the Crescent University, Abeokuta Dr. Yemi Obalanlege (Ph.D, MCIPR, FHEA) was born in Mushin, Lagos State on 28 of August, 1966. His parents were Prince Hassan Taiwo Obalanlege of Ijemo Compound and Mrs Mutiat Afolake Obalanlege (Nee Anjorin) of Isoloshi Compound, Ota.
He was elected on Tuesday morning by an open ballot system held at the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Secretariat by five kingmakers led by the Ekerin of Ota, High Chief Bamgboye Osunlabu.
The Oba elect polled five votes out of the possible five to emerge against Prince Gbolagade Akinboyede of Isoloshi ruling house, his brother, Barrister Abiodun Akinboyede and Barrister Oluwatoyin Adeyanju.
It will be recalled that 22 names were shortlisted by the Ijemo-Isoloshi ruling house, out of which the final four were selected after careful examination by the kingmakers.
The election was supervised by the Secretary to the Local Government, Hon. Adewale Dada with heavy security presence.
Dr. Yemi Obalanlege is a member of the National Union of Journalists, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He had before now lectured at the University of East London, England, University of Lincoln, England.
|Olota elect in warm handshake with Chief Osunlabu the Ekerin of Ota after the election|
|from left to right: Hon. Adeniji Chairman Ado-Odo Ota Local Govt. Dr Yemi Obalanlege (the Olota Elect) Chief Osunlabu Ekerin of Ota.|
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