Aggrieved chiefs seek deposition of Ekiti monarch

Posted by News Express | 13 September 2019 | 1,545 times

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Fresh crisis erupted in Odo Oro Ekiti in Ikole local Government Area as some aggrieved residents demanded the deposition of the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Akinola Adeyemo over allegation of irregular selection.

Leading the the onslaught against the monarch is the Oloja Odo of Odo-Oro Ekiti, High Chief Olajide Ajewole, who is the second in command to the embattled monarch .

The aggrieved chief faulted the installation of Oba Adeyemo and blamed the alleged infraction on the immediate past governor,Ayo Fayose.

He explained that in Fatimehin’s lineage, three families were entitled to the throne, the Adeyemo, Adewoye and Idowu families.

“But the father of the embattled monarch had ruled between 1975 and 1988 and the mantle went to the second ruling family which was Ogidilusu lineage where Owoniya family ruled for a few years before the demise of their monarch in 2014.

Ajewole said that the royal mantle currently falls on Fatimehin’s lineage, but the next families that were eligible to the throne were both Adewoye and Idowu’s families, and not the the Adeyemo’s family.

He said that he was arrested, harassed and detained with some other chiefs who refused to support his ascension to the throne.

He appealed to the state government to rescue the community from the hands of the monarch.

Dismissing the allegations Oba Adeyemo,said :“How can some people be saying that I am not the legitimate king, when I was given a staff of office by the former Governor Ayodele Fayose.I have been attending `Kabiyesi’s’ Council meetings, I believe those chiefs and indigenes of Odo Oro spreading such a rumour are foolish.

“There were process when I was about to be chosen, we collected forms, we did interviews, the Ifa Oracle was consulted and I was chosen.Therefore, if some of the aggrieved chiefs are not satisfied with the steps that brought me to the throne, they should go to the court and file a suit,’’ he said.

Adeyemo was given staff of office by the former Ekiti Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Jan. 27, 2017, after he conducted a voting exercise at the government office.

Also, the representative of Idowu’s family, Chief Florence Faniyi, appealed to Fayemi dethrone the embattled monarch and install his son who is the rightful heir to the throne.

The former regent explained that the “Ifa’’ Oracle had been consulted and it picked her son, but Gov. Fayose with some other chiefs decided to destroy the royal lineage of the community as a result of their selfishness.

“My son was picked as the heir to the throne by Ifa Oracle, while the embattled monarch, Oba Akinola Adeyemo, was rejected by the oracle.But Governor Fayose never agreed with the traditions of the community and went ahead to give him the staff of office against the wishes of the people,’’ she explained.

The secretary to the Obalemo-In-Council, Chief Tola Adepomola, equally corroborated the submission of the Ajewole, explaining that Oba Akinola Adeyemo should be dethroned because he was never the chosen one for the throne.

He said that he was equally arrested by the monarch because he advised him not to be hostile to the people of the community.

The Eyegun of Odo Oro, Chief Beatrice Adepomola, said that all the women in the community were not in support of the imposed monarch.

She noted the community had not experienced peace and development since he became the monarch, adding that the state government should remove him for peace to reign.

The representative of the Elders Forum, Chief Pius Ojo and the representative of Elite Group, Prof. Dipo Olofintila respectively, condemned the acts and steps taken by the former governor of Ekiti, Fayose, which brought Adeyemo to the throne.

They both said the embattled monarch was never a traditional ruler of the community because he was never chosen by the Oracle and the people.

The duo of Mrs Funke Kolade and Mr Ayodele Ajayi, who spoke on behalf of the youth of the community, said that over 31 of them were unlawfully arrested, detained and harassed by the police because they refused to support the monarch’s ascension to the throne.  (Daily Independent)

Source: News Express

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