The Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon today told a Lagos High Court, Ikeja that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu was chosen by Ifa, the gods of divination.
Olumegbon also told the Court presided over by Justice Candied Johnson that there was nothing like 90 days rule in the crowning the Oba of Lagos.
Olumegbon who is among the kingmakers insisted during his cross examination by counsel to the claimants, Babatunde Fashanu, SAN, that several obas of Lagos were crowned without observing anything like 90 days rule, while Melanie a former director of education in Lagos said there were at least six of such occasions, including an oba that was crowned same day his predecessor died.
“Dosunmu was chosen same day his predecessor died, same for my grandfather”, Chief Olumegbon told the court.
He told the court that the selection of Oba Akiolu was divine. “We received the application of those who were selected by their various ruling houses and to ensure transpsrency, we requested that the names be submitted through the Olori Omo Oba.
“Moreover, all the envelopes containing the names of the applicants as received were sent for Ifa divination and one by one, the names were screened, when it Akiolu’s was done, they shouted ejiope, that this is the man that will rule well and bring desired changes. Apart from that, Akiolu was the first selected by all the six kingmakers. In fact, he scored 6-0, he said.”
Olumegbon said that when one particular name was checked by the ifa priests, it was outrightly rejected explaining that the person drinks a lot and womanizes and wont handle the position well.
The learned silk, Fashanu asked why they kept minutes of the kingmakers meeting against the customary practice, if not justify their choice of Akiolu. But Olumegbon explained that the older kingmakers were not literate that’s why they didn’t keep minutes. “What is happening today wouldn’t have been easy to defend if not for the records.”
He further told the court, he followed the process of the selection of Oba Akiolu and that due process was followed. “Any member of the kingmaker could crown the oba and Oba Akiolu was crowned by a member of eletuedibo family.” He explained that every eligible prince must trace his lineaage to the Ado through the two ruling houses olugunkutere and akinsemoyin, excluding sokun family that was settled with special title.
Responding to why he is a witness when his family was not among the defendants, Prince Kelani said his family members were not witnesses in the matter because it concerns them.
The presiding judge, Justice Candide-Johnson adjourned the matter till Novermber 8, for adoption of address by the counsels.