Prof. Banji Akintoye has resigned as the head of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, the umbrella organisation for the Yoruba self-determination movement.
It was learned that Akintoye’s resignation was the result of reported faction conflict inside the self-determination organisation.
However, the group’s general secretary, Tunde Amusat, stated in a statement on Thursday announcing Akintoye’s decision that the former Yoruba Nation leader has passed the reins of leadership to his former deputy, Prof. Wale Adeniran.
Amusat asserted that Akintoye turned over the reins of power to Adeniran because of old age and a weakened physical system.
According to Amusat, the worldwide congress of Ilana Omo Oodua held on December 17th, 2022 accepted Akintoye’s resignation and affirmed Adeniran as the new leader of the group.
He added that the proposed amendment to the constitution affirming Adeniran’s position as Chairman will be tabled at the next worldwide congress before the end of this year for ratification by registered members.
“Akintoye extolled the principled virtues of Adeniran, commending him for his consistent patience against all forms of blackmail, slanders and defamatory affirmations which had been unleashed against him in the past by those he (Akintoye) described as “disgruntled elements”.
“Adeniran is a retired Assistant Professor of African Studies and the pioneer Commissioner for Education in Osun State. He hails from Ile-Ife,” the statement read.
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