Those who followed the rift between the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and National Co-ordinator of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams about 5 years ago will not believe there could be reconciliation. The 2 powerful men threw caution into the wind then and a lot of people were stunned over the power tussle between them. The reason for the power play was for the control of Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State where they both hail from.
The 2 prominent citizens of the town, who have been the pride of the town, supported different ruler of Aigidi (Zaki of Arigidi Akoko). While T. B. Joshua supporter Prince Olatunde Bolarinwa Olanipekun, Otunba Gani Adams supported Prince Yisa Olanipekin. After lobbying, cold war and eventual attacks on supporters on both candidates, Prince Yisa Olanipekun was appointed to fill the throne made vacant by the death of its former occupier. Rather than see the town in celebration, other aggrieved candidates to the stool petitioned the state government over the eligibility of Prince Yisa.
Prominent among the contenders was Prince Olatunde Bolarinwa Olanipekuin who then asked the state government to reverse the appointment of Prince Yisa alleging that the appointment did not follow due process. Prince Olatunde insisted that the process of selecting a new Zaki demanded that the kingmakers will be duly consulted. He averred that due process was not followed by the kingmakers who allegedly appointed Warrant Chiefs to replace some deceased kingmakers during the selection exercise.
He also held that the selection was not known to most heads and principal members of their respective families, noting that there were no family meetings convened to afford all heads and principal members to decide on who should represent the family. According to him, a court of competent jurisdiction had given an injunction restraining the kingmakers from further exercising any right of selection of candidate or candidates to fill the vacant stool of Zaki of Arigidi, pending the final determination of the substantive suit field before it.
The arguments and counterarguments that ensued caused a lot of rift and the 2 bosom friends soon became sworn enemies. Eventually, Prince Yisa Olanipekun got the staff of office and became the Zaki of Arigid-Aloko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Surprisingly, the 2 respected leaders; Prophet T. B. Joshua and Otunba Gani Adams have now buried the hatchet and are back as best of friends. According to sources, an effort to reconcile them was led by Oba Yisa Olanipekun. The traditional ruler initiated the move to reconcile the duo because he wanted peace to reign in his domain. His efforts after several weeks yielded positive result as Prophet T. B. Joshua and Otunba Gani Adams began exchanging pleasantries on phone.
About the same time, Oba Olanipekun visited the magnificent headquarters of Synagogue Church at Ikotun in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. During his visit, the clips were shown on Emmanuel TV, a Cable TV station owned by the church. Thereafter, our source revealed that both leaders now get along well and have rekindled their friendship as they call each other on phone other regularly.
Otunba Gani Adams also made out time to visit Prophet Joshua at his Lagos church. A lot of people who were not aware of the reconciliation moves and that the 2 friends have buried their differences were stunned when Prophet T. B. Joshua sent one of his disciples Uju Ifejika to represent him and present a special gift to the OPC leader during the celebration of his 43rd birthday celebration at Anchor Events Centre, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
When Uju’s presence was announced, hundreds of guests applauded her and several people were surprised that the 2 Arigidi Akoko sons had reconciled. Though Uju would not comment on the state of her spiritual father’s relationship with Otunba Gani Adams, we have it on good authority that there is hardly any day they (Joshua and Adams) don’t call themselves to discuss matters about the progress of their town and other issues.