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Alakunnu selection process on hold

The race to the selection of new Alakunnu in Akunnu of Akoko North East Local Government area of Ondo State has been put on hold following the sudden death of one of the intending warrant chiefs.
Tragedy struck at the ancient town yesterday when a contestant to the position of warrant chief, Olorundare Agoye, suddenly slumped and died.
The late contestant, according to an impeccable source slumped at the venue of the selection process at Oje Ima quarters and was rushed to the nearby clinic where he was confirmed dead.
Unconfirmed report said following the tragic incident, there was palpable tension in the ancient town while all activities surrounding the selection of warrant chiefs and Alakunnu have been suspended indefinitely.
The Hope gathered that the deceased, a retitired staff of Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) contested the slot against a 25-year-old Okada rider, Segun Bello, from Oke Ima quarters before his sudden demise.
Reports had it that Agoye roofed his house last weekend, and in the process of visiting his well wishers who came to celebrate with him, he was informed of the selection process.
The deceased reportedly rushed to the venue of the exercise, being a socialite and influential personality whose vote could count in determining who becomes the next Alakunnu.
The development, it was gàthered, prompted some powerful forces in the quarter to drag in the young man who recently relocated from the Northern part of the country to Akunnu.
The younger contestant was said to have the backing of various ‘powerful groups’ within the Oke Ima quarter that will produce the warrant chief.
The exercise which was being supervised by officials of Akoko Northeast local government was necessitated as many kingmakers in the town were no more while the vacant stool of Oluwade, the monarch of Akunnu is presently opened for contest by male children from the ruling house.
It will be recalled that the Oluwade Oba Obasoro joined his ancestors less that two years ago and his daughter, Princess Tolani Orogun has been acting as the regent of the town.
It was gathered that government needed to appoint warrant chiefs to replace the dead kingmakers for them to select a new monarch for the town.

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