Ekiti Chiefs reject appointment of new Oba, warns Fayemi not to set their Community on fire
The Ogoga-in-Council of Ikere Ekiti, has declared as null and void, the recognition granted by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin as a traditional ruler, describing the “Balkanisation” of the town as sacrilegious and wicked.
A statement signed by 16 members of the Council on Wednesday, said the governor’s action buttressed the fact that he was being allegedly vindictive for losing the 2018 governorship election in Ikere Council to an indigene of the town and the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Eleka.
The Council chaired by Sapetu of Oke Ikere, Chief Olufemi Babatola, bluntly rejected the autonomy granted Odo-Oja, a section of Ikere Ekiti and delineated territory to be presided over by the new Oba.
Based on the outcome of the Justice Jide Aladejana-led Chieftaincy Review Commission, which found Olukere’s claim that he is an Oba plausible, Governor Fayemi had last week recognised him as a full-fledged Oba and he also designated Odo Oja axis of the town as his territory.
Maintaining that Fayemi’s action was also allegedly contemptuous, the Chiefs said: “We have long instituted a case at the Ekiti State High Court to challenge the legitimacy of the claim of the Olukere of being made an Oba. The Governor and the Attorney-General (AG) were made defendants in the suit for purposes of making them bound by the decision of the court on the subject matter.
“As a matter of respect to a court of law, once a subject matter is brought before the court, no party is expected to do anything that could have the effect of rendering the decision of the court on the subject matter nugatory.
“In a calculated attempt to deviate from this noble obligation, the Governor and the Attorney-General recently brought a motion before the court for their names to be struck out on the purported premise that they are not proper parties to a suit.
“That motion of the State Government was ruled upon in favour of the State on Friday, 8th October 2021 by the then Chief Judge designate, Justice Adeyeye.
After age-long agitations, Olukere becomes Oba in Ekiti. Within a twinkle of an eye, a statement by the Secretary to the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs in Ekiti State surfaced and Ganiyu Obasoyin had been called to the Governor’s Office and by the time he came out from there, he was wielding his staff of office as an Oba.
“That the State Government would in such a situation pronounce Olukere as Oba and give him staff of office speaks volumes about the attitude of Governor Fayemi to the judicial system of our State and Country at large”, the Chiefs added. They stated that the alleged evil machination by the Governor to ruin Ikere’s traditions, culture and customs as bequeathed to them by the founders of the land and our forefathers will not endure.