The traditional ruler and Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has reacted to an accusation made by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, who had in a press statement claimed that the Ooni ordered his Chief Securiy Officer, CSO, Olawale Kolawole, to push him out of the way during the traditional rulers summit which held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, last Tuesday.
The Oluwo of Iwo had recalled that the bitter incident occured just after the Ooni gave his vote of thanks and was heading back to his seat.
The Oluwo of Iwo had claimed that the Ooni’s CSO, Olawale Kolawole, brushed him while he was having a discussion with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau adding that the overzealous CSO threatened to push him if he did not give way for Ooni to pass.
The CSO was also claimed to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties for him to “take it easy” as he pushed him out of the way.
In reaction to the allegation, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s Director of Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, described the account as false and untrue.
The Ooni in the statement issued in response said: “There was no altercation between Oluwo and anybody at that venue at all.
“Kabiyesi Ooni went to make his speech in his capacity as a co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers.
“On his way back to the seat right beside the representative of the President, General Dambazau (retd.), on sighting Oluwo who had come to the high table to take pictures with some dignitaries while the programme was still ongoing, he waited for some minutes to allow Oluwo leave the way to his seat.”
Also reacting to the allegation, the Ooni’s CSO in a telephone interview admitted to the bitter exchange adding that such an incident occured because he had a duty to secure his principal.
He said: “I didn’t expect the Oluwo to stand there because his seat was not there. So, I only excused and asked him to move away from there. I didn’t push him as alleged.”