The alleged move by the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, to become the ‘Oba of Oshodi’ has elicited a flurry of reactions.
His eligibility to the throne has become a subject of discussion on various social media platforms.
A trending image of MC Oluomo in royal regalia seen by The Nation shared last month also stirred the controversy.
But The Nation learnt MC Oluomo is an Awori from Oshodi. He is also an indigene of the town whose grand-uncle Seidu Akinsanya, was a Baale of Oshodi.
Also, it was gathered that MC Oluomo has been at the forefront of the struggle to upgrade the chieftaincy in Oshodi from Baaleship to Obaship for over a decade.
Of recent, MC Oluomo has been trending on the social radar for different activities.
He recently became an honorary member of the Institute of Corporate Public Sector Professionals (ICPSP).
A photo of the book cover with the title in his name “My Service to Humanity: A Life Changing Experience” surfaced online.
The royal family of Olushi Onigbesa has appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to stop MC Oluomo from becoming king.
The head of the royal family, Kabiru Eyantan, said in a statement that if urgent action is not taken, it “may cause bloodshed” in Oshodi community.
“The attention of the Olushi Onigbesa royal family of Oshodi Awori Kingdom has been drawn to the picture of Alhaji Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, chairman, NURTW in Lagos state, circulated on numerous social media platforms where he was dressed in traditional kingly attire intended for an Oba in Yorubaland,” Eyantan said.
“Our attention has also been drawn to the trending videos and news in social and conventional media with reference to the message delivered by a first-class Oba in Ikorodu division at the coronation anniversary of Oniba of Iba Kingdom in Iba Town, Ikeja division on the issue of intended aspiration of Akinsanya to become Oba of Oshodi.
“We plead with the Lagos state government to avert communal crisis, breakdown of law and order and bloodshed in Oshodi community, if urgent action is not taken by our proactive and peace-loving governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to stop MC Oluomo from soliciting to become the Oba of Oshodi or laying claim to the Obaship stool.
“To put the record straight, we state that the tribunal of inquiry into chieftaincy matters in respect of the upgrading Baale of Oshodi to first-class Obaship status was set up by Lagos state government and lasted between January 2003 and December 2008 and the tribunal recommended that the Olushi Onigbesa royal family of Oshodi land is the only family eligible and entitled to the stool of the Oba of Oshodi.
“Alhaji Akinsanya is not a member of the Olushi Onigbesa royal family in Oshodi land and has no right to be the Oba of Oshodi stool and therefore is not eligible to aspire or to be appointed to the stool of Oba of Oshodi.”
Although, MC Oluomo is yet to officially react as of the time of report, it was learnt that the media would be briefed over the issue on Sunday.