Prince Babatunde Ajayi, a chatered accountant and legal practitioner has been elected as the new Akarigbo of Remoland through an open ballot election conducted at the Akarigbo’s Palace, Sagamu.
At the end of the election, Prince Babatunde Ajayi emerged the new Akarigbo with five votes, followed by Professor Babatunde Ogunmola with two votes, while 17 nominees had no vote.
The newly elected Akarigbo is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).
At the end of the election, Chief Abdul Wasiu Awofala, Losi moved the motion to forward the name of the elected Akarigbo to the state government and was seconded by Balogun Chief Kolawole Odumuyiwa.
The Secretary to the Local Government, Otunba Adewale Fakoya who supervised the election had read the names of the 19 nominees to the kingmakers, requesting them to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice.
The SLG thanked the kingmakers and security agents for their support throughout the process of filling the vacant Akarigbo stool, praying for a peaceful, prosperous and progressive reign for the new Akarigbo.
The Lisa of Akarigbo, Chief Abdul Rasak Akinyemi, lauded the present administration for its efforts at ensuring peaceful co-existence among the citizenry, praying for divine guidance for the newly elected monarch.
The seven-man kingmakers are Chief Rasak Akinyemi Salami (Lisa), Chief AbdulWasiu Awofala (Losi), Chief Taiwo Sule (Oluwo Odofin), Chief Lamidi Olaitan Adesanya (Apena), Chief Ogunyemi Tijani Adesina (Ogbeni Odi), Chief Kolawole Odumuyiwa (Balogun) and Olootu Omoba Jazz Adekunle (Olooto Oba Akarigbo).
. Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, confirmed the emergence of Babatunde Ajayi as the new Akarigbo, saying that the nomination and election process were peaceful just as installation date would be announced very soon