The meeting of the Assembly of All Yoruba Groups Worldwide in Ibadan, Oyo State, ended in disarray as Akintoye's supporter disrupted a book author on Thursday.
The meeting, was the second gathering, held at the House of Chiefs, Oyo State Secretariat.
The attendance of the meeting has many Yoruba groups like the Oodua People’s Congress (Fredrick Faseun’s faction) OPC New Era, Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Organisation and other groups from Kwara and Kogi states.
But it all started when the Chief Convener, Victor Taiwo, was disrupted while addressing the gathering.
The author of the book, ‘Nigeria on gunpowder: The climax of misrule’, had circulated his speech but was interrupted by some supporters of Prof. Banji Akintoye, who pre-empted him on the leadership crisis that hit the Yoruba World Congress.
It was reported on Sunday, that Akintoye had announced the change of name of the YWC to Ilana Omo Oodua.
In argument to the announcement, Taiwo said he was the initiator of the Yoruba Council of Elders under the leadership of the late Pa Emmanuel Alayande and that Akintoye degenerated from the status of a Yoruba leader to President-General of the YWC and now President of a splinter group, Ilana Omo Oduduwa, without followers, which he pronounced to the world on October 24, 2020.
However, while the author was reading the speech, the representative of Prof. Akintoye, Kunle Adesokan, heckled him and others joined him.
It was learnt that the meeting became rowdy and some leaders left. Efforts to calm down the agitated persons were abortive.
The Baale Ekotedo, Ibadan, Chief Taiwo Ayorinde, said, “When I was talking in the morning, I said we did not come here to remove Banji Akintoye. But we heard that he has gone to another group"
Mr Akinola George said nobody could remove Akintoye as Yoruba leader, “You cannot elect him Yoruba leader and now say you want to remove him. Chief Awolowo was Yoruba leader until he died; Chief Adekunle Ajasin was elected Yoruba leader and he was Yoruba leader until he died. Akintoye will remain Yoruba leader until he dies"
The Publicity Secretary of the OPC, Lawal Kazeem, however, asked those remaining if they still wanted Akintoye to remain the Yoruba leader by voice vote.
Though not everybody said yes, as there was no one who opposed the motion.