BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — THREE years after his deposition and banishment, former Deji of Akure, Prince Oluwadare Adesina, Thursday, appealed to the Ondo State government to vacate the order.
His appeal is coming following the demise of the immediate past Deji, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, who joined his ancestors on December 1 this year. Adesida reigned three years and three months.
In an emotional letter, he declared: “I tasted the good side of life. I now taste the bad side of life. I had fame. I later had shame. I knew glory. I later knew fury. I knew and tasted honour. I have also been brought down to earth. I fell from grace to grass. I have cried many times.”
Prince Adesina said he had learnt his lessons and was more prepared to return to the throne of his fore fathers since it was the turn of his ruling house to present the next Deji.
The letter by his counsel, Mr Sola Oke, dated December 19 was addressed to the State Executive Council.
In it, the deposed Deji said many of the allegations levelled against him that led to his deposition were as a result of bad communication and poor information management.
According to him, “many of the things he was said to have done never happened.”
He, therefore, urged Governor Olusegun Mimiko and other members of the state executive council to kindly rescind the decision on his deposition and banishment.
I did not pour ashes on my wife
Prince Adesina said the allegation that he beat his wife and pour acid on her was not true, saying he was reported to have gone to the scene with hot ashes in a nylon bag, a development he said was impossible.
He said: “I also read it in the papers that I poured hot ashes which I brought in nylon bag on her. Sir, is it not strange that hot ashes was brought in a nylon bag? Why did the nylon not melt?
“Besides, is it not elementary traditional science that if you pour ashes, it will undoubtedly be blown towards you (the pourer).
“That is why it is said in Yoruba land that: Eni deeru ni eeru n to. Why was I not affected by the ashes myself since I was the one that allegedly poured it? Why was any other person not affected since, by the media accounts, the environment was rowdy and full of people?”
Denies collecting royalty on land
The Prince also debunked the allegation that he was collecting royalty on land in the town, explaining that the only person caught using his name to collect royalty was reported to the police at the ‘A’ Division of the command and the police refused to prosecute him.
According to him, the allegation that he picked quarrels with the council of chiefs and the king-makers was also untrue as there was no step he took without their contributions, including the removal of the former Lisa of the town, High Chief Folorunso Davis.
“Consequent upon the above, I do honestly plead with your good self and the other members of your executive council to kindly rescind your decision on my deposition and banishment and reinstate me to my position as Deji of Akure.”
On disagreement between chiefs
On the disagreement between the chiefs and the Palace, Adesina said: “To begin with, I never had any disagreement with either the Akure Council of Chiefs as a whole or the King-makers. The seeming disagreement I had with the chiefs was on the payment of ‘Igbanujo’.
“Your Excellency, Igbanujo is the money I was obliged to give the chiefs as a whole for their entertainment upon my emergence as an Oba-elect.
“Sir, due to obvious financial constraints, as a result of the various expenses I incurred at the time of contesting the throne and thereafter, I could not immediately raise N5 million meant for the Igbanujo. However, I later paid the money after I ascended the throne.”
According to him, “since I was removed by the executive council and not by any court of law, it was possible for the same executive council to reinstate me and I am ready to withdraw the suit instituted to challenge my deposition.
“I do not claim to be a lawyer. I do not also claim that I was a saint. I am human. What I, however, assure you, Sir, is that I am a new and improved person.
“I have told myself that even though most of the things I did were good, well-intended and with the support of my chiefs.
“I have also known that whatever happened to me, I do not put the blame on anyone. I do accept that there are always better ways to do even the good things I did.”