Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu will on Friday September 14 2018 present the Staff of office to the new Monarch of Okeigbo in Ile Oluji /Okeigbo Local Government, Oba Lawrence Oluwole Babajide, Bamigbala I, Oluoke of Okeigbo at the Civic Centre, Okeigbo.
A statement by the Chairman of Oluoke Coronation Committee, Dr. Bolu Adeboye said the delay in the coronation of Oba Babajide who succeeds Oba Timothy Oluwole Fasade, who joined his ancestors on the 3rd July, 2007 was as a result of series of litigation.
“The last of the cases was finally laid to rest with the judgment of the State High Court, Ondo delivered in October 2017. Thereafter, the Aare Ruling House got the nod to produce candidates and after a thorough screening by a committee headed by Chief Lawrence Fidipote two of the Princes made the final list,” it read.
These according to Adeboye are: Oba Lawrence Oluwole Babajide, from Bamigbala Alapinni indigenous family and Prince Israel Adebowale Odefadehan from Kugbayigbe indigenous family.
“Both candidates are from the male line of Aare Kugbayigbe Ruling House/Quarter. Thirteen  of the fourteen  kingmakers headed by Chief Elusoji [the Obalale of Okeigbo], met under the supervision of the Ile-oluji/Okeigbo Local Government Officials on 3rd April 2018. The two candidates who were presented to the kingmakers by Aare Ruling House/Quarters were interviewed publicly at the Oluoke Palace Hall. The election was conducted by the Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government Council Officials. Oba Lawrence Oluwole Babajide emerged the winner with 12 votes.
“Consequently, Ondo State Executive Council presided over by His Excellency Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at its meeting held on 3rd of July 2018 approved the appointment of Oba Lawrence Babajide as the Oluoke of Okeigbo.
“The Oluoke – Elect arrived Okeigbo on the 12th July 2018 with pomp and ceremony to commence the traditional rites leading to his installation. He observed all the rites for a periods of Seven  days at Ipebi after which he was crowned traditionally on the 19th July 2018. thus becoming the fourth [4th] beaded crowned Oluoke of Okeigbo,” the statement further explained.
The Planning Committee called on all Okeigbo Citizens at home and abroad as well as all well-wishers across the world to assist and cooperate with the Committee to ensure a successful Coronation Ceremony.