From all indications, arrangements are in top gear for the announcement of the new Oniru of Iruland, Victoria Island, Lagos State. You will recall that the immediate past monarch, late Oba Abiodun Idowu, the 14th Oniru of Iruland joined his ancestors in September 2019 few days after he celebrated his 82nd birthday.
The royal stool became vacant and princes were lobbying the traditional council, government of the day and top indigenes who are matter in the selection process, TopSearch gathered.
The Magazine reliably gathered that one of the contestants who happens to be the present Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal seems to have gotten the nod and blessing of authorities and stakeholders.
The Commissioner resigned his appointment on Thursday June 4, 2020. Though, he did not mentioned that he resigned to be king. But from all indications and feelers from the family and government circles, the royal slot falls on him.
There had been serious controversies over who occupies the stool between two princes: Hakeem Ajasa, a retired police officer who was favoured by a section of the royal house and Adesegun, also a former commissioner and son of the immediate pastmonarch, whom most of the chiefs endorsed.
TopSearch gathered that the Oniru-elect signifies interest for the stool but not as serious as other duo contenders above mentioned.
Prince Gbolahan Lawal was born on July 24, 1970. He has a degree in Botany from the University of Port-Harcourt in 1992. He did a Post Graduate Degree in Conflict and Development at the University of London.
He worked briefly at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology before he enlisted as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
When serving as a police officer, he was the ADC to Asiwaju Tinubu when he was Lagos State Governor between 1999 – 2007. Lawal retired from police in 2008 and joint politics.
He served as the Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects to Babatunde Fashola when he was the Lagos State Governor. He also served the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Ambode as the Commissioner for Housing.
Similarly, he is the present Commissioner for Agricullture and Coperatives in the cabinet of the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu untill Thursday that he voluntarily resigned to take a royal seat of Oniru of Iruland, Lagos State.