The kingmakers in Igbekebo , headquarters of Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo State has elected Prince Dele Dabo as the new Odogun of Igbekebo kingdom.
The stool became vacant in 2016 following the death of the former traditional ruler,Oba Emmanuel Omotumilara Eginkunyomi who ruled for 23 years .
The selection process of the new monarch which took place at the Igbekebo Civic Center, Igbekebo was keenly contested among five other princes from the Maga Okotun ruling house and others in Igbekebo before Prince Dabo of Maga ruling house was selected through voting.
After his selection, Dabo was taken to the palace of the kalasuwe of Apoi land Oba (Prof) Sunday Amuseghan for traditional rites and blessing.
Oba Ademiluga prayed for the new monarch to live long,stresding that his reign will bring rapid development, not only to Igbekebo, but the entire Apoi land.
The chairman of the kingmakers, Chief Alex Mehin hailed the new Monarch on his selection and appealed to him to work with other contestants and seek their advice when necessary in the overall interest of the community.
In his message, the Obateru of Apoi land,High Chief Folarin Dabo hailed the new monarch and prayed for God’s protection on him to lift Igbekebo higher.
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His words” As a young man , I wish him well . He should be focus and endeavour to harmonize with with other co-contestants so as to bring the desired development to the community.
“You should also forget to seek advice from elders when necessary in other to avoid avoidable mistakes.
The new monarch thanked the people of Igbekebo for their massive support during the selection process .
He extended his appreciation to the State Government through the Igbekebo Local Government for their support.
Besides, he extended hands of fellowship to his co-contestants in order to develop the ancient community together .
Prince Dabo promised to build on the legacy of his ancestors by transforming the cultural heritage, infrastructure and social development of the community.