Indigenes of Imobi communities in Ijebu East local government have said popular movie Actor-cum-director, Goriola Hassan is a bonafide son and is therefore qualified to aspire to become the traditional ruler of the town.
The people of Imobi, that makes of different towns in the local government made this clarification while speaking over the petition said to have been written by a group called Sons and Daughters of Imobi to the Ogun State House of Assembly saying that Goriola Hassan is allegedly from Isiwo and is therefore not qualified to aspire to become a traditional ruler of the town.
Speaking with this medium over the allegation, Chief Omotayo Bello, the Oluti of Uba land said that there could be nothing farther from the truth and claims of the group.
Oluti said that the father of the thespian was actually from, Uba, one of the 32 communities making up Imobi only that his grandmother had left the village with her children to Isiwo, her hometown several years ago, hence Goriola father was well known in Isiwo, having grown up there instead of his original source, Uba community.
The community leader said that Goriola’s father, a very popular and wealthy Goldsmith that was quite used to Isiwo during his life time but the truth is that, the community was his maternal hometown while Uba, one of the communities in Imobi is his father’s home town and that Oseiku, the great grandfather of Goriola Hassan was amongst the early founders of Uba community.
Speaking about his mother, the Late Mulikat Abeke Ireyemi was from Itanpa in the area. Her dad was the first Otunba of the community, while one of her brothers was the first chief Imam of Imobi Ogun State.
Chief Omotayo Bello added that “We were quite happy when Goriola Hassan came and said he was interested in becoming the traditional ruler of the town because for a very long time, we have had no one.
“After our investigation, we found out that his father was indeed from Uba. He later met with the Baales and even renovated one abandoned government building for them to be having their meeting.
“Suddenly, a group called ‘Sons and Daughters of Imobi emerged and said that he is from Isiwo Ijebu and all of that, they petitioned the Ogun State House of Assembly and here we are to lend our voice to the matter. The truth is that he is from Imobi and he is entitled to every right just like any of us”
Other residents who also confirmed that Goriola is from Imobi and is therefore qualified to be traditional ruler of the town are Chief Durojaiye Adesanya, Chief Idowu Banjo as well as Alhaji Fatai Oresanya.
Speaking however with our Correspondent, Prince Sylvester Olalekan Bakare, an executive member of Imobi Descendants Union said that the union petitioned the state assembly to stop Goriola Hassan from parading himself as the Olu of Imobi because such office never existed and moreover he was never at any time made the traditional ruler of the town.
Sylvester said that while it may be difficult to say that he is not from Imobi because generally, people from Odosanyin and Isiwo Ijebu are related to people from Imobi but the sons and daughters of Imobi are querying while someone who had never been known with the town for about 53 years will appear from the blue last year August and impose himself as the traditional ruler of the town.
He explained that “The sons and daughters of the town said that they don’t want him because he had never followed the laid down procedure. As we speak the office of Olu of Imobi or Olu of Uba doesn’t exist, how come he goes about parading himself as Olu of Imobi? Who made him one? What we have in these communities are Baale. He has only come to cause disaffection and crisis in our peaceful domain. The town has rejected him and so, he should leave us alone”.
In another development, in a bid to refute the claim by the Onitasin of Itasin, anot6her community in the area, that he is the paramount ruler of Imobi, one of the indigenes in the community has said, the king only has right to rule his domain, not Imobi. He added that, Awujale remains the paramount ruler, while our oba-elect would be in charge of the whole Imobi towns and villages not Onitasin.
Meanwhile, the House of Assembly on Tuesday asked Mr. Goriola Hassan to appear before it on September 2 by 11 am over his purported claim to Obaship stool at Imobi.