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Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader in Ekiti State, Prince Adeniyi Adedipe, has urged the newly appointed Aare Ona Kakanfo, Otunba Gani Adams, to use his new status to work for the unity of all Yorubas.

He hailed the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, forconsidering Adams worthy for the prestigious title describing the recipient as a "round peg in a round hole."

Adedipe, the Apase Oodua, described Adams as "as a courageous

defender of the cause of the Yoruba all over the world who has paid a great price to keep the race united."

He also described Adams as "the chief promoter of Yoruba culture throughout the globe" saying his efforts have elevated the race’s culture and traditions to global acceptance.

Speaking with reporters in Ado-Ekiti yesterday through his Personal Assistant, Mr. Lateef Kamorudeen, Adedipe said Adams had over the years prepared himself for the new position by resisting attempts to deny the Yoruba of their rights anywhere in the world.

Adedipe urged Adams to use his new status to unite all Yorubas and ensure they get what is due to them in the federation.

He said: "I congratulate Otunba Gani Adams for being found worthy of the title of the Aare Ona Kakanfo. He is my leader, my mentor and an inspiration to those of us who are following his footsteps.

"I also use this opportunity to thank all Yoruba Obas, especially the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi for considering Otunba Adams for this great honour.

"The title of Aare Ona Kakanfo is a great one and it is reserved for men of valour and courage and Otunba Adams is one of them. He has been acting that role without knowing that he would one day be bestowed with the title.

"Otunba Adams has been leading many battles for the Yoruba race and has been working with our Obas to ensure that we get what is due to us. I was privileged to have been part of his entourage to Obas’ palaces in pursuit of this noble assignment.