By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
The Governor of Kwara State Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has ended the prolonged dispute between the two ruling houses of Oluganna and Oluganmo in Ifelodun Local Government Area, who have over the years, laid claim to the traditional stool.
In recognition of the recent Supreme Court judgment which favoured the Oluganna ruling house as the rightful heir, Governor Ahmed presented staff of office to the new Oluganna of Ganmo, Alhaji Abdullahi Kolawole Atanda.
The presentation of staff of office to Alhaji Atanda was simultaneous with the upgrade of the stool to third class status by the governor.
Represented by the Kwara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Habeeb Saidu, Governor Ahmed explained that the upgrading of the stool would put an end to the long dispute in the community which has led to bloody clashes between the two ruling houses for years.
INSIDER learnt that the Children of Oluganna ruling house are of Igbomina clan while Oluganmo are of Afonja ancestry, and the rightful holder of the title of paramount ruler between both families had been subject to agitation and a 30-year long litigation, until recently decided by the Supreme Court.
Receiving his letter of appointment and staff of office in Ilorin yesterday, the new monarch applauded his recognition as the rightful hier and also hailed the upgrade of his traditional stool to third class status. He further promised to maintain peace, unity and harmony to foster development in the community.
The Oluganmo ruling house, expressing displeasure with the governor’s action, warned of consequent repercussions.
Speaking on behalf of Oluganmo Ruling House, Alhaji Moshood Badaru, said, “We want Governor Ahmed not to lay down a booby-trap for the incoming administration. We appeal to the incoming governor not to fall into this booby-trap.”