According to traditional rites, the family in line to fill the vacant stool of Oniju of Iju-Ogundimu Ilupokiki has debunked claims by one of the ruling houses that all three ruling families in Iju have agreed to the candidacy of Prince Gbolahan Mattew Ogundimu, who is from the same ruling family as late Oba Elijah Olanire as the town’s next monarch.
This was contained in a statement issued by the head of the Ilupokiki ruling family, Alhaji Rahmon Adesoji Asalu, and obtained by newsmen on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
“We the family of Ilupokiki and Aganran ruling houses, who in accordance with our tradition is the next in succession to the throne of Oniju of Iju-Ogundimu, have read with utter dismay, the release made by the office of the Chairman of Ifako-Ijaye Local Council Area, misleading the general public that all the three ruling families in Iju have agreed that Prince Gbolahan Mattew Ogundimu, of the late This statement is not only deceptive, but also an attempt to undermine the rule of law by disregarding Iju-Chieftaincy Ogundimu’s declaration as approved by the Lagos State government.”
Remember that on the 16th of August, the Local Government Chairman, through his Chief Press Secretary, Lateef Oladimeji Salaam, said in a social media release, “The major stakeholders including High Chiefs and Kingmakers from all the three royal families who spoke in-turns informed the Executive Chairman that all disputes had been resolved as mutual agreement was reached to present Prince Gbolahan Mathew Ogundimu as the next Oba,” a statement which Ilupok
Meanwhile, Alhaji Asalu told reporters that all the necessary documents to fill the vacancy of Oniju of Iju-Ogundimu had been submitted to the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs via the Department of Chieftaincy Affairs.