Ooni to intevene in Ekiti conventional council disaster

By Bisi Oladele, Ibadan and Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, will go to Ekiti at the moment to resolve the disaster between Governor Kayode Fayemi and a few aggrieved monarchs, The Nation can authoritatively report.

A supply mentioned Fayemi and the aggrieved monarchs had visited the Ooni at separate instances to transient him on the disaster and causes for his or her actions. It was additionally learnt that Oba Ogunwusi had already supplied doable options to the deadlock which either side revered. They additionally agreed to fulfill with him in Ado-Ekiti at the moment to finalise points earlier than Oba Adeyemi wrote a letter to Fayemi.

But a supply mentioned oba Ogunwusi had already reached a complicated stage in resolving the disaster earlier than Alaafin’s letter.

“This matter was nearly totally resolved and there’s no going again. The kings went to the Ooni to elucidate the disaster after which he reached out to Governor Fayemi.

“Oba Ogunwusi and the governor had a fruitful discussion and they agreed to meet the monarch in Ado-Ekiti today, to officially pronounce an end to the crisis. I really do not understand anything about the letter that came from the Alaafin.”

The council was thrown into management disaster final August when Governor Fayemi allegedly facilitated  the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, in changing into chairman of the Ekiti Council of Traditional rulers.

This made 16 of the main members shun council conferences and authorities actions as they posited that the Alawe isn’t certified to chairman the council.

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has cautioned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, in opposition to meddling in its inside affairs.

The council informed Oba Adeyemi to limit himself to monarchical affairs in Oyo State.

A March 14 letter signed by its Chairman, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, urged him to cease Oba Adeyemi from his ‘undue interference’ within the inside affairs of Ekiti Obas.

The letter, ‘Request to stop undue interference of His Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in the internal affairs of Ekiti Obas’, was a response to the Alaafin’s alleged letter to Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Oba Adeyemi, in a March 12 letter, warned Fayemi in opposition to treating the normal establishment with levity. This adopted a question issued by Fayemi to 11 distinguished monarchs for alleged insubordination.

The March 11 question – ‘Re: Absence from state functions and Council of Traditional Rulers’ Monthly Meetings’ – was signed by A.O. Adeoye, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs. The monarchs got 72 hours to answer.

The governor and a few aggrieved monarchs had been at loggerheads since July 31, 2019, over Oba Alabi’s appointment as chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers.

In a writ of summons earlier than the Ekiti High Court, the 17 aggrieved kings requested the court docket to reverse Fayemi’s motion on the premise that the Alawe was not recognised by statute to chair the council.

They argued that that they had the unique proper to go the council, among the many 22 members, according to the extant custom and State Chieftaincy Laws. The monarchs threatened to not attend Alawe’s inauguration as Council Chair and any assembly the place he presides.

However, 5 of the 17 aggrieved 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 – modified their stance and have been attending council conferences.

But the opposite 11 have been shunning the council assembly and authorities features since August 2019.

Governor Fayemi mentioned the monarch’s deliberate actions and inactions, with none justification, negates the administration of chieftaincy establishment.

Oba Adeyemi mentioned he wrote on behalf of different distinguished conventional rulers in Yorubaland, together with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Awujale of Ijebuland Oba Sikiru Adetona and Alake of Egbaland Oba Gbadebo Adedotun. He mentioned the Yoruba conventional establishment was ancestral and non secular, in contrast to some tribes the place nothing is connected to their conventional establishments.

He urged Fayemi to keep away from degrading the normal establishment, saying actions that might trigger civil unrest on the expense of the peace and well-being of the residents he swore to guard needs to be jettisoned.

But Oba Alabi mentioned Alaafin’s conduct was ‘unbecoming and absolutely unwarranted’. He added that Oba Adeyemi had no enterprise dabbling into chieftaincy administration in Ekiti State.

According to him, Alaafin’s letter was unwarranted, misguided and missing in benefit.

The letter reads: “It was written with out satisfactory data and data of our chieftaincy issues. The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers takes exception to Alaafin’s letter, which is totally unwarranted, as he can’t superintend over the monarchy in Ekiti State.

“Ekiti State was by no means and may by no means be a part of Oyo Empire. We, due to this fact, respectfully ask Governor Makinde to cease the Alaafin from his meddlesomeness within the inside affairs of Ekiti State.

“Oba Adeyemi’s letter contained many misrepresented information and inaccurate accounts of occasions between the federal government and the normal establishment in Ekiti State, which couldn’t have been written in session with the revered monarchs talked about within the letter, and who didn’t signal identical.

“It is a matter of reality and regulation that grading, classification and composition of Council of Obas in Ekiti State, and maybe wherever in Nigeria, is ruled by regulation by means of authorities gazettes, even from the colonial period.

“From his letter, the Alaafin is unable to outline what qualifies an Oba to be a PeluPelu Oba. He isn’t conscious of the truth that among the many first group of kings who shaped the affiliation in 1900 had been Deji of Akure (Ondo State) and Owalobo of Obo Ayegunle (Kwara State), who’ve since left the affiliation. He can also be not conscious that some kings joined the group in 1909 – Atta Ayede 1929 (Elemure); 1947 (Alawe, Arajaka, Olujido and Olosi). Minutes of the Pelupelu conferences of these intervals are nonetheless obtainable.

“In 1971, the Olomuo was admitted to the PeluPelu standing by then Governor of Western State, the late Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo. It needs to be famous that the 17 kings are presently laying declare to PeluPelu Obaship in Ekiti State. The authorities, in October 2018, recognised 22 kings as PeluPelu, and nobody raised an eyebrow when then Governor Ayo Fayose added the 22nd member – the Oluyin of Iyin – Ekiti – in August 2018. What is due to this fact sacrosanct concerning the variety of PeluPelu Obas which the Alaafin places at 16?

“We, due to this fact say, with all sense of authority and duty, that Alaafin goofed to say that from time immemorial, Obaship management had been inside the 16 kings who he may neither identify nor point out. He solely pretends to not know that the variety of PeluPelu Obas has by no means been static.

“Unfortunately, Alaafin mentioned his supply of data was ‘hearsay’, but he refused to confirm his inaccurate reality earlier than falsely accusing Governor Fayemi of neglect. He refused to say these he considers as subordinate kings. Subordinate to who?

“Alaafin is little question an Oba who enjoys stirring controversies and disaster the place there are none. He is no doubt a meddlesome interloper who’s bent on exporting the disaster he engineered in outdated Oyo State, when the normal council was unable to carry a single assembly due to management tussle between him and the Ooni of Ife till Osun was carved out of the outdated Oyo State.

“Moreover, the little disagreement amongst Ekiti kings has not affected the performance of our conventional council. We maintain our conferences statutorily in contrast to the normal council underneath Alaafin that has lengthy been grounded. How does he give what he doesn’t have?

“Ekiti monarchs should not Alaafin’s ajeles, therefore, his present voyage into our inside affair is unwarranted. Alaafin has no ethical proper or justification to intrude within the matter of conventional rulers’ administration in Ekiti State.

“We say with all sense of authority and responsibility that Alaafin’s letter is borne out of ignorance. Let him remove the log in his eyes before seeking to remove the speck from others. We also advise Governor Fayemi not to dignify Alaafin’s letter with any response because it is clearly ill-motivated and in bad faith.”

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