It has been disclosed that the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has endorsed the nomination of Hon. Gbolahan Lawal, Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture as the successor of late Oba Idowu Oniru, instead of Akeem Ajasa who has been widely speculated for the stool.
Ajasa was purportedly announced as the Oba-Elect of Iru land last year December by members of the Abisogun family.
People & Politics recall that subsequently, the former Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State and later Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development in the state between 2007 and 2011, Aremo Adesegun Oniru in the company of his younger brother Prince Tijani Oniru was also declared by Saliu Okanlawon Abisogun, who claims to be a member of the Abisogun Ruling House and some others, as the legitimate heir to the throne and the Oniru of Iru land elect.
The selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, was described by palace sources as a product of kangaroo election.
The family said in a public notice titled: “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”
The tides has however turned, as information made available this evening to People & Politics from the Oniru compound by inside sources via a telephone conversation is that Gbolahan Lawal has gotten the endorsement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and an official pronouncement will be made tomorrow Friday to this effect.
Gbolahan was the Commissioner of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Lagos State. A seasoned security & development practitioner and socio-entrepreneur, he has deep understanding for political economy of development especially in low and medium income economies. With many years of experience in the Public sector. Gbolahan has developed experiential knowledge of real-time business dynamics, global demographics, and market shifts.
The last Oba Abiodun Oniru, the Oniru of Iru land died at the age of 82 on Monday, September 23rd, 2019.