By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has called on all stakeholders in the selection of the new Onijesamodu of Ijesamodu-Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the selection process.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi said government would not allow the peace and tranquility of the community to be disrupted by any act of violence before, during and after the process.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the stool of the Onijesamodu became vacant following the demise of the late Oba Samuel Osatuyi, who joined his ancestors in December 2018 after spending 49 years on the throne.
Egbeyemi made the remarks on Tuesday in his office in Ado-=Ekiti during a meeting with the Regent of the town, Kingmakers, some members of the ruling house and representative of the youths.
While explaining the process of choosing an Oba for a town, Egbeyemi said it must be in tandem with the extant laws and tradition of the town maintaining that government cannot choose a king for the community but was only interested in a peaceful and transparent process
Egbeyemi expressed displeasure on the attacks meted out to some chiefs and some indigenes of the town by suspected hoodlums in the community.
The Deputy Governor warned the youths of the town to embrace peacev while stressing that anyone found culpable would be made to pay for his action by facing the full wrath of the law.
Reading from page 113 of the approved Chieftaincy Declaration report of Onijesa of Ijesa Iye written during the era of Ero Local Government in the old Ondo State, Egbeyemi said there are 3 ruling houses in the town, namely, Asa, Owa and Elewu.
Egbeyemi said the four kingmakers had formed a quorum to choose the next king for the town, saying the Gazette had clearly shown that the Owa ruling house was the next qualified family where the next Oba would be chosen.
The Deputy Governor told the kingmakers and head of the concerned ruling house not to be biased in the consultation of Ifa Oracle and in the overall selection process.
The head of Owa ruling house,Mr. Olabode Oyeyemi said the names of the contestants had already being submitted to the kingmakers for proper scrutiny.
The meeting was attended by Ilejemeje Local Government Chairman, Mr. Akin Oladunjoye who led other officials of the council while the kingmakers were led by Prof. Oluremi Fayemi.