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New Deji Of Akure Gets Staff Of Office

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Akintomide, Akure

The residence of the Deji-elect, Patrick Kole Aladetoyinbo, in the highbrow Ijapo Estate, Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Monday, became the palace as many sons and daughters of the ancient town from far and near converged on the house to pay homage and take a glance of the new king.

Also, the Deji-elect has received full compliment and respect accord a traditional ruler as a team of policemen has been stationed at the private residence, while two policemen are on guard at the main entrance to the sitting room of the mansion where the Deji-elect receives visitors and well-wishers.

When Daily Independent visited the Deji-elect on Monday, the palace crier and the Deji’s trumpeter in their full regalia were present at Aladetoyinbo’s residence, praising the Deji-elect and entertaining guests and family members of the Osupa ruling house.

The presentation of instruments of office and staff of authority to the newly elected ruler has been fixed for Tuesday.

In a statement issued by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, the State Executive Council meeting, gave the approval at about 10.00am on Monday.

He said the approval followed the unanimous decision of the kingmakers to elect Aladetoyinbo,  among other contestants, to the vacant stool at their meeting of  June 7, 2015.

The Deji of Akure ‘s  stool became vacant following the demise of Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, who ruled as 46th Deji of Akureland for three years.

Meanwhile, some aggrieved indigenes of Akure who are loyal to the deposed traditional ruler of the city, Adesina Adepoju, staged a protest at the front gate of the Governor’s Office, along Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alagbaka-Akure, seeking his reinstatement.

The deposed monarch has also gone to court, seeking an injunction restraining the Ondo State Government, the Osupa ruling house and the Akure kingmakers from nominating, selecting and approving any candidate for the stool pending the determination of his suit.

Adepoju, who is also from the Osupa ruling house, claims? that he is still entitled to the throne since he was wrongly removed from office.

The state government dethroned Adepoju on June 10, 2010 for publicly assaulting his wife, late Olori Bolanle Adepoju.

His removal paved the way for the installation of late Adebiyi Adesida of the Ojijimogun ruling house in 2010 as the 46th Deji of Akure.

Adesida died on December 1, 2013 after a brief illness, therefore, paving the way for the Osupa ruling house to present the next Deji, since the stool rotates between the two ruling houses.