THE Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, Ondo State chapter, on Sunday, affirmed the nomination of Oba Samuel Adeoye Edema, the Molokun of Atijere Kingdom as the National Secretary of the association.
This was disclosed by the State Chairman and Secretary of TROMPCON, the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan and the Olu of Igbokoda, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, who said Oba Adeoye Edema was unanimously chosen by the traditional rulers from the oil-producing coastal region of the state.
The two monarchs stated that any other person who paraded himself as the nominee or representative of the traditional rulers, aside Oba Edema, should be seen as an impostor and does not have the backing of the traditional rulers from the area.
Confirming Edema’s nomination in a letter to the National Secretariat of TROMPCON, the State Chairman of the association, the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, said the nomination and ratification of Oba Edema as the National Secretary of TROMPCON was supported by all the monarchs in the association.
Oba Akinruntan said the state chapter of the association did not nominate or present the Odoka of Obe Ogbaro, Oba Obafemi Ogbaro, as the National Secretary of the association, and called on the body to reverse the recognition of Ogbaro as the nominee of the monarchs from the state with immediate effect.
The monarch said in the letter addressed to the National Secretariat of the association, “all members have met on the unanimous decision of the choice of the nomination of Oba Samuel Adeoye Edema, to represent TROMPCON at the National level as National Secretary, for which I write for immediate ratification.
“In accordance, we request that the above ratification for Oba Samuel Adeoye be implemented and we solicit your support in the discharge of his duties.”
Also speaking, Oba Odidiomo said the nomination of Oba Adeoye Edema became imperative following a letter from the National body of the association zoning the National Secretary position of the association to Ondo State.
The monarch, however, said “at an emergency meeting of the association in the state, held at the palace of Alagho of Odonla, the National Deputy Chairman, Oba Ikuomola Elias, where the issue of nomination for the National Secretary which was zoned to Ondo State chapter was extensively discussed.
“It was collectively agreed and Oba Adeoye Edema, the Molokun of Atijere kingdom, was duly nominated by all members in attendance.”
He, however, called on the National Secretariat of the association to ratify the nomination of Oba Adeoye Edema and should not recognise any other person as the nominee of the state chapter for the post of National Secretary zoned to the state.