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Ikere Ruling Houses Reject New Monarch

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola –   Ado-Ekiti


The Ruling Houses in Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State have faulted the selection of Mr Jimi Adu as the new ‘Ogoga’, alleging that it is in violation of the state’s Chieftaincy Law.

The three ruling houses in the town Akaiyejo, Agabaola and Ogbenuote said the most important criterion a prince must fulfill before he could be crowned is to be a biological member of any of the royal families, alleging that the purported Ogoga designate was never a member of these royal families.

Subsequently, they jointly called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to annul the selection process conducted by a faction of the 21-member kingmakers and order a fresh process that would be in tandem with the law, to avert imminent crisis in the town.

At a press conference in Ikere Ekiti to address the issue, the ruling houses accused Ikere Development Forum, being chaired by a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, of planning to foist Adu on the town despite stiff opposition to his candidacy.

A statement read by the spokesman of the royal houses, Prince Ojo Ologundoye,  maintained that Prince Adu will suffer immense eligibility problem among the indigenes of the town, if  he succeeds in his desperate quest to become the next ‘Ogoga’.

They described as a call to anarchy, the alleged factionalisation of the kingmakers by the powerful and influential members of the forum in a bid to ensure that their preferred candidate scaled the hurdle of selection process.

“To say the least, Mr Samuel Jimi Adu is not a member of any of the ruling houses, but surprisingly he is claiming to be a member of Ogbenuote ruling house, whereas he has no link with that royal family and neither is he a prince at all, which means this selection has no place in history and in law.

“As a matter of fact, no selection process was conducted by the Ogbenuote ruling house, some few people just handpicked and foisted on the family by some powerful indigenes and this had sparked up widespread resentment thereby culminating in some protest letters to the Governor, the State Attorney General, Speaker of the state House of Assembly among others.

“Rather than for the kingmakers to consult the oracle in line with customs and tradition, they came up with a list of 14 kingmakers out of 21 traditional kingmakers.