By Tajudeen Hamzat
No less than 14 princes are said to be in reckoning presently for the vacant stool of Olowo of Owo in Nigeria’s Ondo State, The Difference has learnt.
The fourteen contending princes are drawn from the two lineages (Ogunoye and Atanneye) of the only ruling house – Elewuokun Ruling House that has expressed interest in the vacant age-old traditional stool of the people of Owo.
Sources say that of the lot, one of the candidates who has expressed interest in being chosen for the position is the prominent maritime expert, Isaac Orimadegun Aragun- Ogunoye. Others are Aragun Sunday, Gbenga Alamuren and Olarewaju Ogunoye
Orimadegun is believe to be a very strong candidate in the race as he is loved by a lot of the people even as many indigenes of Owo equally consider him to be a good candidate to succeed the late Oba David Olateru Olagbegi who recently joined his ancestors.
Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi had himself ascended the throne in 1999 but was only presented the customary staff of office in 2003 by Chief Olusegun Agagu, who was then serving as the elected governor of Ondo State.
Late Folagbade therefore ruled the ancient town for a total of 20 years before his transition.
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu