The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel
International) Bishop David Oyedepo, has called for peaceful succession to the throne of Olomu of
Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Speaking during an annual general meeting of Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA) held
at Omu-Aran City Complex, Bishop Oyedepo, an indigene of Omu-Aran, urged the Olomu-in-council and the ODA leadership to ensure transparency in the selection of the next king..
It may be recalled that the throne became vacant following the death
of 64-year-old Oba Charles Ibitoye on December 1 during an illness.
“I think we are capable of handling our domestic affairs successfully
“We should not give room for external influence or rancor in choosing
our leader or leaders.
“We have people of proven integrity and immense wisdom including
professors, permanent secretaries, industrialists and the likes in our
midst,” he said.
The cleric said that the death of some kingmakers within the year
called for more prayers by the community.
The ODA President, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, said that the association had
embraced peace, unity, education, security and infrastructure
maintenance as catalysts for socio-economic development of the
He said that the association had given attention to the town’s
waterworks, Agbaa River bridge and some road projects.
Adeyemi called for donations toward the rehabilitation of the Omu-Aran
City Complex to enable it to continue to serve the purpose for which
it was built.
“The community is lucky to have three 500 KVA and 300 KVA transformers
to boost power supply,’’ remarked.
Chief Festus Awoniyi, the Peru Tayero of Omu-Aran, who led the
Olomu-in-council, urged the people to remain united and peaceful.
He said that the council was working tirelessly to ensure that the
death of Ibitoye would not create unnecessary vacuum in the
administration of the community.
The Chief Imam of Omu-Aran, Alhaji Sodiq Afolayan, urged the community
members to use dialogue rather than confrontation to resolve disputes.
Chief Jide Adebayo, the Chairman of Omu-Aran Festival of Clubs 2017,
announced the postponement of the festival scheduled for Dec. 30.
Adebayo said that the postponement was in honour of the late Ibitoye.