The Kogi State Government is set to introduce the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland from a pool of 70 candidates meticulously assessed by a committee tasked with selecting a successor to the late Dr. Ado Ibrahim, as per an official announcement. The 70 eligible contestants are from Okewe, Ohema, Erika, and Aganiye districts in Ebiraland. Adavi was excluded as the late Ohinoyi belonged to that district.
The late Ohinoyi, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, passed away on October 29, 2023, following an extended period of illness.
“His Royal Highness, Alhaji Isa Musa-Achuja, the Ohi of the Eganyi-led committee, has finished its assignment by selecting seven qualified persons out of the 70 contestants screened,” the Secretary of the Ebiraland Traditional Council, Alhaji Yunusa Sule, confirmed on Sunday.
Mr. Sule gave the names of the lucky seven: former Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Philip Salawu; former Clerk of the National Assembly, Barrister Ataba Sani Omolori; and Gen. Yusuf Abubakar Amuda. Others are Mr. Momoh Shaibu, Prof. Ibrahim Onuwe Abdulmalik, HRH Dr. Ahmad Tijani Anaje, and Mr. Ahmed Momoh Jimoh. The council scribe said that the governor was appreciative of the work of the kingmakers’ committee and commended them for a job well done, adding that the state governor would, within the week, unveil the person who will assume the vacant stool of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.
He also stated that the governor has held a meeting with the seven qualified aspirants recommended by the Kingmakers Committee and from whom one would be appointed to take the stool. The governor had, during the meeting, urged the aspirants to display the spirit of good sportsmanship by supporting whoever is appointed by the government. He stated that they are all qualified to occupy that stool, but that it is meant for just one person.
According to him, the governor also cautioned them against divisive statements and actions capable of disrupting the peace of the land.