Gbolahan Lawal also served as Agric commissioner under Akinwunmi Ambode
Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal has resigned his appointment Thursday evening to assume the traditional leadership of Oba of Oniru.
According to reports, Lawal was said to have tendered his resignation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ahead of his announcement as the Oba-elect of Oniru.
Nigeria Today confirmed from reliable sources that Lawal has been confirmed as the substantive Oba of Oniru following the demise of Oba Idowu Abiodun.
The tussle for the vacant stool of the Oniru of Iru kingdom in Lagos has been uptight with the crisis over the right successor to the throne lingering since the death of the Monarch in September 2019.
Recall that the 82-year-old Idowu Abiodun died after a brief illness shortly after celebrating his 82nd birthday on September 6, 2019.
With the latest update and the controversy surrounding the power-bloc, Lawal, who was the former Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his tenure as Lagos State governor, seems to have been the best candidate to ascend the throne and plans to crown him are imminent.
Nigeria Today gathered that Lawal eventually emerged as Tinubu’s choice to fill the vacant throne which had been a subject of contention from the Abisogun and Akiogun ruling families.
Accordingly, he resigned a few hours after the story went to press. Lawal, who has ancestral links with Iru land from his maternal side is a three-time Commissioner, having served as Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives under Babatunde Fashola administration from 2011-2015; Commissioner for Housing under Akinwunmi Ambode from 2015-2019 and until his resignation was Commissioner for Agriculture under Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A reliable family source who preferred anonymity confirmed the report that “It’s true that Prince Gbolahan Lawal has resigned his appointment to be the next Oniru of Iru land.”
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