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Okorocha bags chieftaincy title in Ogun

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha has been named Otunba Asoludero of Iselu Kingdom in Ogun State’s Yewa North Local Government Area.

The former Governor, now a Senator, has accepted the title bestowed on him by the Eselu of Iselu, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi.

Okorocha accepted the offer in a letter to the king, stating that the installation may take place at a mutually convenient time in September 2021.

Okorocha said in a letter dated July 17th that was made accessible to DAILY TIMES by a very reputable source:

“I write to convey my acceptance of the revered title of Otunba Asoludero of Iselu Kingdom by Your Royal Majesty.

“May I express my heartfelt gratitude to you for this great honour and also to restate my great commitment to the service of God and humanity. A date in September 2021 of mutual convenience will be agreed and communicated to you in due course for the installation ceremony at your Palace in Oja Odan.”

The sole Yoruba traditional ruler who has recently stated his support for the Igbo presidency in 2023, according to DAILY POST, is Oba Akinyemi.

The Eselu confirmed to our correspondent that he had bestowed the title on the former Governor in celebration of his “exemplified track record of uniting people of different tribes across the country via his actions, deeds, and charitable gestures.”

The Monarch acknowledged that Sen. Okorocha’s acceptance letter was genuine, and that the installation ceremony would take place on September 19, 2021.

“We hold Senator Rochas Okorocha in high esteem for that which he recorded in Imo state as a former governor and the lofty heights he has attained through the Rochas Okorocha Foundation that has offered no fewer than 25,000 less-privileged and orphans free scholarship from primary school to university education,” the Oba stated.

He claimed that Okorocha has promised to build a school for the less fortunate and orphans in his domain, a gesture he claims will assist raise the standard of education in and around Yewa.

He further stated that Okorocha has been adopted as an Eselu indigene in Ogun State.

When asked if Okorocha was the cause for his backing for the Igbo presidency, the monarch stated only God could make that decision.

“Everybody is entitled to his opinion. What I know is that God knows who is going to be the next President of Nigeria. My statement has nothing to do with Rochas. If Rochas contests, all well and good; he is an APC person, and there are still lots of APC gladiators fighting seriously to become the President. Whosoever becomes the President, God knows.

“If Rochas becomes the President, so be it. There is nothing wrong with that, because he is a good product and, subsequently some of them coming out too are good products. Until they get to the field, only God knows who will be the President.

“I am just looking at a situation whereby you don’t want a secession in the country and you don’t want Ibo people to go. By not letting them to go, they should be given the chance to rule the nation. Four or eight years is okay. If that will give us a lasting solution, why not? Rochas is a good product, so if he contests, no problem.

“I don’t have anything to regret or hide about my statement that Ibos should be given consideration; and I am sure, for equity and justice in the country, there is no politician that can say Ibos are not qualified to rule the nation.”

Okorocha is rumored to be targeting the presidency in 2023.

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