By Ahmed Ajikobi
Following the demise of late Balogun Alanamu, Alhaji Akanbi Jos who passed away few weeks ago, a number of persons have shown interest in the stool.
National Pilot learnt that there have been intense lobbying lately by the contenders.
Findings by this medium revealed those who may likely succeed the late Balogun Alanamu.
Prominent among the contenders are, former sport editor of Herald Newspaper, Omotosho Mahmud; ex-Kwara State governor, Adamu Attah’s aide, Dende Ibrahim and retired Arabic teacher, Mualim Baba.
Others are, an Immigration Officer, Lanre Dansku,Ayo Rahman and Agbo Bello.
According to a reliable source, all the contenders have right to the stool by virtue of their bloodline.
“Infact, some of the contenders’ fathers had been Balogun Alanamu at some point in time.
Recall that the late Balogun Alanamu spent 16 years on the throne as high chief of Ilorin before his death.
The late Akanbi Jos succeeded the then Balogun Alanamu , Alhaji Shuaib Adio Mahmud who was dethroned by his Royal Highness, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari in 2005.
Alhaji Mahmud Adio was among the three deposed chiefs; Alhaji Abdulkareem Laaro, the Balogun Gambari; Alhaji Shuaib Adio Mahmud, the Balogun Alanamu, and Alhaji Saka Aleshinloye, the Baba Isale of Ilorin.
The sack of the high chiefs was announced on radio by Alhaji Mohammed Salihu Woru, the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, on behalf of the Emir.
He said the deposition of the three chiefs became necessary because of “their persistent acts of disloyalty, disobedience, character assassination and rank insubordination against the Emir to the knowledge and embarrassment of the people of the Emirate, the state and the entire nation”.
By Ahmed Ajikobi