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Ikere Chiefs reject appointment of new Oba, say Fayemi breaches laws, disrespects judiciary



The Ogoga-in-Council of Ikere Ekiti, has declared as null and void, the popularity granted by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin as a conventional ruler, describing the “Balkanisation” of the city as sacrilegious and depraved.

The Council chaired by Sapetu of Oke Ikere, Chief Olufemi Babatola, bluntly rejected the autonomy granted Odo-Oja, a piece of Ikere Ekiti and delineated territory to be presided over by the brand new Oba.

Primarily based on the end result of the Justice Jide Aladejana-led Chieftaincy Assessment Fee, which discovered Olukere’s declare that he’s an Oba believable, Governor Fayemi had final week recognised him as a full-fledged Oba and he additionally designated Odo Oja axis of the city as his territory.

An announcement signed by 16 members of the Council on Wednesday, stated the governor’s motion buttressed the truth that he was being allegedly vindictive for dropping the 2018 governorship election in Ikere Council to an indigene of the city and the Peoples Democratic Celebration governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Eleka.

Sustaining that Fayemi’s motion was additionally allegedly contemptuous, the Chiefs stated: “We’ve got lengthy instituted a case on the Ekiti State Excessive Court docket to problem the legitimacy of the declare of the Olukere of being made an Oba. The Governor and the Lawyer-Common (AG) had been made defendants within the swimsuit for functions of constructing them certain by the choice of the courtroom on the subject material.

“As a matter of respect to a courtroom of legislation, as soon as a topic is introduced earlier than the courtroom, no celebration is predicted to do something that would have the impact of rendering the choice of the courtroom on the subject material worthless.

“In a calculated try and deviate from this noble obligation, the Governor and the Lawyer-Common not too long ago introduced a movement earlier than the courtroom for his or her names to be struck out on the purported premise that they aren’t correct events to a swimsuit.

“That movement of the State Authorities was dominated upon in favour of the State on Friday, eighth October 2021 by the then Chief Choose designate, Justice Adeyeye.

After age-long agitations, Olukere turns into Oba in Ekiti


Inside a twinkle of an eye fixed, an announcement by the Secretary to the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs in Ekiti State surfaced and Ganiyu Obasoyin had been referred to as to the Governor’s Workplace and by the point he got here out from there, he was wielding his employees of workplace as an Oba.

“That the State Authorities would in such a state of affairs pronounce Olukere as Oba and provides him employees of workplace speaks volumes in regards to the angle of Governor Fayemi to the judicial system of our State and Nation at massive”, the Chiefs added.

They said that the alleged evil machination by the Governor to spoil Ikere’s traditions, tradition and customs as bequeathed to them by the founders of the land and our forefathers won’t endure.

The Chiefs argued that the Odo Oja, the place Fayemi awarded autonomy to be presided over by Olukere is being headed by Chief Ologotun for ages, saying it was sacrilege, aberration and absurdity for that axis to be constituted right into a city.

“It was in 1987 earlier than the Augustus Adebayo Chieftaincy Fee arrange by the then Ondo State Authorities whereas Ekiti was nonetheless a part of Ondo State, that the household of Olukere first made a case for Obaship recognition. The decision of the Fee was that Olukere is only a priest of Olosunta and that he was not the founding father of Ikere, the genuine founder and first settler at Odo Oja being Aladeselu,” they stated.

Shedding extra mild on the lingering disaster, the Chiefs disclosed that the Ekiti State Conventional Rulers’ Council had allegedly rejected an analogous request in 2014, saying Olukere’s place is that of a priest.

“We all know that Governor Fayemi has been viciously vindictive towards the unity of our kingdom as a reprisal for the defeat he suffered in Ikere to our son, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, the speedy previous Deputy Governor, within the stated 2018 governorship election.

“It has been an open secret that Governor Fayemi nurses the notion that the over 11,000 votes garnered by him from Ikere in that election had been made doable by the Olukere, therefore his sense of obligation to pay again his electoral benefactor”.

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