Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, dies at 63

Late Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida

The Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, is dead.

He died at 63 after three years on the throne, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Details of how the  monarch passed on are still sketchy but he was said to have died this morning.

Mr. Adesida, born in 1950,  ascended the throne of his forefathers on August 13, 2010 after he was presented the staff of office by the Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko.

He was selected from the Ojijigogun Ruling House and enthroned as replacement for  Oba Oluwadamilare Adeshina, who was dethroned on June 10, 2010 for sacrilegious misdeeds.

His selection was somewhat controversial with some of the kingdom’s kingmakers alleging that Governor Mimiko manipulated the process by declaring one vote invalid due to alleged “senility” of  one of the kingmakers.

Mr. Adesida was later declared to have clinched eight votes ahead of his only challenger, Ademola Adegoroye, who got seven votes

The late monarch graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Agric Business and Management.

At different times, he worked as an Agricultural Credit Officer with the Ondo State Agricultural Credit Corporation and  Obasanjo Farms Limited Otta. He was also an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 to 2007.



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