By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and different distinguished monarchs within the Southwest have waded into the disaster between the governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and 11 aggrieved most distinguished monarchs within the state.
Oba Ogunwusi, who’s the everlasting Chairman of the Council of Obas in Osun State, stated no efforts can be spared to make sure that the opponents sheathe swords to strengthen the virtues of togetherness of Ekiti and your complete Yoruba nation.
Ooni, who spoke via the Chief Press Secretary, Moses Olafare, stated a peace parley has been scheduled for Monday to fulfill with each Fayemi and the aggrieved monarchs with a view to discovering an enduring resolution to the deadlock.
He urged them to embrace peace and unity to make sure fast socio-economic of the state and the Yoruba nation.
Confirming the peace assembly, a supply within the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, informed The Nation that the governor has been intimated on the reconciliation assembly to dealer peace between his principal and the aggrieved monarchs.
He expressed optimism that the parley which might have in attendance the Ooni of Ife and different distinguished conventional rulers in Yoruba land would resolve conflicting variations between the opponents.
“I hope you might be conscious of the outcry that the imbroglio between Governor Fayemi and a few distinguished monarchs within the state has generated. To this finish, eminent personalities like Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo and different stakeholders have waded into the imbroglio to dealer peace.
“Barring any last minute changes, a reconciliation meeting will hold on Monday to look at the issues at hand. And we believe every difference can be resolved in the interest of peace in Ekiti State,” the supply stated.
There has been an intractable chilly battle between Fayemi and essentially the most distinguished conventional rulers over the rejection of Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the brand new chairman of Ekiti Traditional Council.
The distinguished monarchs had on August 9 instituted litigation with registration quantity HAD/76/2019 earlier than an Ado-Ekiti High Court, difficult the appointment of Oba Alabi by Fayemi.
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In a writ of summons file, the 17 Obas urged the courtroom to reverse Fayemi’s motion on the premise that Alawe was not recognised by statute to chair the council, claiming 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.
The aggrieved 17 ‘Pelupelu’ stated they’re against the appointment and threatened that they received’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, because the appointment was made on July 31, the opposite 11 aggrieved Obas had shun the council assembly and authorities perform 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 embrace 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.
Fayemi had on Wednesday queried 11 aggrieved monarchs within the state demanding rationalization for his or her extended absence from the council of conventional rulers month-to-month assembly and state official perform for the previous six months.
The governor, via the Bureau of chieftaincy Affairs, in a letter dated March 11, 2020 and signed by its Permanent Secretary, Mr. A.O Adeoye, gave the affected conventional rulers 72hrs ultimatum to answer the question.
A replica of three paragraph letter marked P&E/CH/118/Vol.VII and entitled “Re: Absence from State functions and Council of Traditional Rulers’ Monthly Meeting”, stated the monarchs’ deliberate actions and inactions with none justification flagrantly negated the administration of chieftaincy establishment within the state.
To this finish, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, in a letter to the state governor dated March 12, 2020, warned Fayemi towards treating the standard establishment in Yorubaland with levity.
Alaafin stated not like in some tribes, the place there was nothing hooked up to their conventional establishments, the Yoruba conventional establishment was “ancestral and spiritual.”
He stated the letter was written 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.