Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, the Eselu of Iselu Kingdom in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, has withdrawn the chieftaincy titled he bestowed on a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Oba Akinyemi had in a letter he signed a few weeks ago named Okorocha the Otunba Asoludero of Iselu kingdom.
The installation ceremony had been fixed for 19 September following the former Imo governor’s acceptance of the title.
But in another letter addressed to Okorocha on Monday, the monarch announced that the chieftaincy title has been withdrawn.
According to him, the chieftaincy title was withdrawn in the interest of peace and harmony.
The letter partly read: “Senator sir, I must state that my decision to withdraw the chieftaincy title offered you is not premised on any hatred for you, but is done in the interest of peace and harmony.
“For the records, I want to declare to Your Excellency that Eselu-in-Council and the good people of Iselu Kingdom still and will continue to love you and other well-meaning Nigerians home and abroad.
“My advice to Your Excellency is that you should continue to help the needy in Nigeria, especially through your Foundation.”
The Ogun Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, denied that the state government was involved in the withdrawal of the chieftaincy title.