It was a day to remember in Ikare, Ondo State as Governor Olusegun Mimiko led other dignitaries in the state to the installation ceremony of former Director General of the National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye as the Otunba of Ikareland by His Royal Highness Oba Akadiri Momoh Saliu IV, the Olukare of Ikareland.
The former NSC chairman becomes the second Otunba in the history of Ikare Akoko after the demise of Otunba Jobi Fele, the first to hold the title.
The ceremony which was held at the palace ground of the Olukare attracted the who is who in the country.
In his acceptance speech, Elegbeleye promised to continue to work for the progress of Ikare and Akoko land in general.
He disclosed that he will be partnering with other prominent sons and daughters of Ikare and others to bring development to the town.
“He has the capability, he possesses the right qualities, he is a bridge builder and ready to work for the peace and progress of Ikare land”.
The Olukare posited that becoming the Otunba, Elegbeleye will further work for the peace and progress of the town.
Governor Mimiko led a powerful delegation to the Victory College, venue of the reception shortly after the installation.
Otunba Elegbeleye’s intallation also attracted top stars in the sports industry which included the Dream Team VI Chief Coach Samson Siasia, Ollmpians Mary Onyali and Chika Chukwumerije while former Super Eagles star Waidi Akanni also attended.
Some other dignitaries that also graced the ceremony included Senator Yele Omogunwa. ,Hon Yomi Akinruntan, Prince Rotimi Ibidapo (Bassey), Banji Alabi, Kayode Alifa, Bashorun Kasali Alo and Dr Ade Abitoye.
Also present at the occasion were Colonel Roland Omowa, Gbenga Familoni, Modupe Osahikoya, Sir Lucky Mayor, Dr Tunji Abayomi while the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly stormed the occasion with the full compliments of his members.
Other eminent personalities that graced the occasion included Ehigie Edobor Uzamere, the late Ooni Olubuse Sijuade’s wife Olori Odun Sijuwade while Nollywood stars like Fatia Balogun, Rose Odika, Orisabunmi, Foluke Daramola, Dorothy Njemanze to mention but a few were also at the ceremony.