Ekiti Obaship Tussle: 95-yr Old Regent Distances Self From Establishing New Royal Lineage

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Kayode Fayemi

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the raging Obaship crisis rocking Oriin-Ekiti‎ community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, an ex- regent of the town, Princess Ajayi  Oladeji, has denied signing any document creating a new ruling house known as “Ajibewa”.

The 95 year old regent explained that the town had operated two ruling houses : Olubunmo and
Famokiti ruling houses over the years and that the claim that she signed a ‎document creating a third ruling house was not only surprising but a calculated attempt to defraud the community.

Recalled that the people of the town,led by its kingmakers had protested a couple of weeks ago over governor Kayode Fayemi’s intention to pick an Oba-elect in Ajibewa ruling house.

The governor, according to his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, however relied on the white paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Report of 1995 under the old Ondo State and Ekiti State official gazette of 3rd June,1999 , which recognized Ajibewa as the third ruling house in the town.

Speaking  during a town hall meeting organized  by the community on Monday to clear air on the document, Mrs.  Oladeji said it was criminal to have allegedly linked him to such document by Ajibewa’s family, saying doing so would  be tantamount to sacrilege and mutilation of the town’s rich history.

“I was a regent in this town two times spanning 25 years. I was here
between 1968 to 1974 and 1980 to 1995. I know the history very well
and I would not have signed any document establishing a third dnasty t‎hat never existed.

“I know that doing such would mean I want to create crisis for my
people. Ajibewa was never a royal family. I can’t even read let alone
signing any document as a regent”.
She pleaded with government to discountenance the document and  pick ‎a new king  from Famokiti dynasty to replace the late Oba  Oluwole Olubunmo.

While a kingmaker and  Onikare of Orin Ekiti, Chief Bamidele Fasuyi, said the statement made by the former regent,had debunked the rumour being peddled around  that the town has three ruling houses.

But the patriarch of Ajibewa’s family, Prince Samuel Ajibewa,  while reacting to the development, said:”The old woman the Olubunmo and Famokiti families brought is over 95 years  and is having partial
stroke and has become so old that she has forgotten that she signed
the document .

“To say that Orin Ekiti didn’t have  a stamp as at 20 years ago is a
fallacy, and a slap on the faces of many intellectuals produced by the
town bearing in mind that then monarch, Oba Oluwole Olubunmo was a r‎espectable accountant.

“All that the Olubunmo and Famokiti are doing now amounts to medicine after death as they ought to have challenged the Gazette that directs that a new monarch must come from Ajibewa family in a law court within 10 years of its production in 1995.

“Having failed to do that after 20 years  now, their cries now amounts to medicine after death. They should stop wasting Orin-Ekiti
community’s money which we have all contributed.

“We urge them to go to court and challenge the Gazette if they are
sure of all their claims. We advise them as brothers to obey
constituted authority by following the directives of the Deputy
Governor,Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi to install the new Olorin from the
Ajibewa family”.

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