Apoi-Ijaw Land: Prince Dele Dabo elected, crowned the new Odogun of Igbekebo kingdom

Prince Dele Dabo

…Extends hands of fellowship to fellow contenders

…Promise to build on the legacy of his predecessor

Following the demise of Oba Emmanuel Omotumilara Eginkunyomi of Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo State in 2016 after his 23years reign, the kingmakers in Igbekebo, has finally elected Prince Dele Dabo as the new Odogun of Igbekebo kingdom with a promise to build on the legacy of his predecessor.

According to a statement signed and issued by the palace administrator, the selection process of the new monarch which took place at the Igbekebo Civic Center, Igbekebo was keenly contested among five other princes from the Maga Okotun ruling house and others in Igbekebo before Prince Dabo of Maga ruling house was selected through voting.

After his selection, Dabo was taken to the palace of the Kalasuwe of Apoi land, Oba (Prof) Sunday Amuseghan for traditional rites and blessing, the statement added.

He was thereafter taken to Oba Ademiluga who then prayed for his longevity while stressing that his reign will bring rapid development, not only to Igbekebo but the entire Apoi land.

On his part, the chairman of the kingmakers, Chief Alex Mehin hailed the new Monarch on his selection and appealed to him to work with other contestants and seek their advice when necessary in the overall interest of the community.

The Obateru of Apoi land, High Chief Folarin Dabo in the same vein hailed the new monarch and prayed for God’s protection on him to lift Igbekebo higher.

In his words; “As a young man, I wish him well. He should be the focus and endeavour to harmonize with other co-contestants so as to bring the desired development to the community.

Responding, the new monarch thanked the people of Igbekebo for their massive support during the selection process.

He finally extended his appreciation to the State Government through the Igbekebo Local Government for their support and therefore extended his hands of fellowship to his co-contestants to join him in developing the ancient community.

By Brakerekebina Birinimighan

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