By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi has told the aggrieved people of Orin Odo-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State to give peace a chance advising them to go to court to challenge the process that threw up the reigning traditional ruler in the community, Oba Adebisi Ogunjobi.
The people of Orin Odo-Ekiti were on Tuesday at the Deputy Governor’s office on a courtesy visit
led by their regent,Princess Oluwakemi Ogundana Ajisafe and urged the state government to stop Ogunjobi from parading himself as the Olorin for peace to reign in the community.
They also urged the Ekiti State government not to recognize Oba Adebisi Ogunjobi as the traditional ruler of the community.
But Egbeyemi said: “I am a lawyer of almost forty years in practice. The
best thing you can do is to go to court because I don’t want to deceive you on the matter on ground.
“My office cannot depose any Oba, the only place you can go to resolve
the matter is the court of law.”he stated.
The Orin Odo-Ekiti people also accused former Governor Ayodele Fayose of unilaterally imposing
Ogunjobi as the Olorin without traditional rites performed on him and without following due process.
Describing the way and manner Fayose allegedly imposed his preferred candidate on the community as “bizarre, unconventional and strange to
tradition,” Princess Ogundana-Ajisafe said the development the
kingmakers and other stakeholders were not carried along.
She alleged that the former governor ordered that the two candidates contesting for the royal stool be blindfolded and also ordered chiefs to line up behind their choice as king.
The regent regretted that the former governor allegedly used soldiers
and other security agents to harass chiefs and community leaders in a
bid to impose his preferred candidate as monarch.
Besides, the Regent told the Deputy Governor that the official FORD
car used by his father and immediate past Olorin of Orin Odo, Oba William Abiodun Ajisafe, was taken away from her at gunpoint by agents of the former governor.
The Regent explained that she duly sought Fayose’s permission before
travelling to the United States in 2015 after succeeding her father
after which the community was invaded on the alleged order of former governor with many of the chiefs arrested.
She said: “Fayose wanted to use my father’s staff of office to install
his preferred person as the Olorin but it is the name of my father that is inscribed on the staff of office.
“No traditional rite was performed on Ogunjobi by those charged with
the responsibility hence he cannot claim to be the Olorin.
“We want to state government to help us to stop him from parading
himself as the Olorin because there is a process to be fulfilled before somebody can become a king and we want peace in our town.”