Govt/Ekiti Obas’ row: Why I visited Alaafin – Fayemi

Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Sunday stated that his go to to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was to intimate him on the stand-off between the state authorities and a few aggrieved distinguished conventional rulers.

The Alaafin had on March 12 written a three-page letter to Fayemi, following a question issued by the governor to 11 distinguished monarchs within the state over alleged insubordination.

Fayemi, within the question issued individually to the affected conventional rulers by the Bureau on Chieftaincy Affairs dated March 11, gave the monarchs 72 hours inside which to answer their extended absence from council assembly and state features.

In a letter reacting to the question, Alafin warned him towards treating the normal establishment in Yorubaland with levity, saying in contrast to in some tribes, the place there was nothing hooked up to their conventional establishments, the Yoruba conventional establishment was ancestral and non secular.

He urged Fayemi to keep away from any try of importing any subculture of conventional degradation into Yorubaland, including any actions that would trigger civil unrest on the expense of the peace and well-being of the residents he swore to guard needs to be jettisoned.

Oba Adeyemi stated he wrote on behalf of different distinguished conventional rulers in Yorubaland, together with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo Adedotun.

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To this finish, the Governor on Sunday visited the revered monarch at his Ibadan, Oyo state capital residence and had an hour closed assembly.

Speaking with The Nation, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode stated his principal visited Oba Adeyemi search fatherly recommendation with a view to discovering lasting answer to the deadlock between the eleven aggrieved conventional rulers and the state authorities.

According to Oyebode, “The meeting took place at Alaafin’s residence in Ibadan and I must tell you that it was a fruitful meeting and we hope everything will be resolved soon.”

The governor and the aggrieved distinguished monarchs had for someday been at every others’ throat since July 31, 2019 over the appointment of Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the brand new chairman of Ekiti Council of conventional rulers.

Dissatisfied with the appointment, the aggrieved monarchs approached the Ekiti High Court looking for amongst others the nullification of Fayemi’s motion on the premise that Oba Alabi was not recognised by statute to chair the council.

They argued that that they had the unique rights to go the council, among the many 22 members, consistent with the extant custom and the State Chieftaincy Laws, threatening that they gained’t attend the inauguration of Alawe as Council Chairman and any assembly of the council the place he presides.

However, 5 out of the 17 aggrieved distinguished monarchs; Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon; Attah of Ayede-Ekiti, Oba Abdulmumin Orisagbemi; Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Idowu Babalola; Owa of Oke-Imesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji and Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, Oba Ajayi Adetunji had back-pedalled and have been attending the council assembly presided over by Oba Alabi.

But, the opposite 11 aggrieved Obas had been adamant and had been shunning the council assembly and authorities perform since August 2019 owing to the impression that Alawe was politically promoted to that rank and that he was not certified to occupy the exalted seat.

The aggrieved Obas embody Ewi of Ado-Ekiti Oba Rufus Adejugbe; Oloye of Oye Oba Oluwole Ademolaju; Elekole of Ikole Oba Adewumi Fasiku; Elemure of Emure Oba Emmanuel Ogunleye; Ajero of Ijero Oba Joseph Adewole; Alara of Aramoko, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi.

Others are: Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti Oba Samuel Adejimi; Olomuo of Omuo Oba Noah Omonigbehin; Alaaye of Efon Oba Emmanuel Aladejare; Ologotun of Oguntun Oba Samuel Oyebade and Olujudo of Ido-Faboro, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro.

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