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Ruling houses battle over Deji’s stool

….Deposition of monarch irreversible, says Ondo govt

By Dayo Johnson
THE chieftaincy stool of the Deji of Akureland yesterday took another dimension as Prince Adegbola Adelabu who was selected over six years ago by the 18 Kingmakers but was not allowed to ascend the throne said he is now ready to reclaim his “mandate”.

Prince Adelabu threatened to go to court to reclaim the mandate “freely given to him six years ago by the 18 Kingmakers of Akureland.

This was coming as the Ondo State government said yesterday that the deposition of Prince Adepoju was irreversible, adding that his return to Akure after the initial six month of banishment depends on his “good behaviour.”

Information Commissioner of the State, Ranti Akerele told newsmen that the decision was jointly taken by the State Executive Council.

However, Prince Adelabu, before the deposed Deji Prince Oluwadare Adepoju was installed within six days was unanimously selected after he was nominated by the Osupa ruling house by all the kingmakers and having completed all the traditional rites except one.

Addressing newsmen in Akure, Prince Adelabu said  “I am now back to the struggle, we all know what happened then after all the 18 kingmakers elected me and having completed the traditional rites the politicians introduced politics and I was deprived of my right to ascend the throne.

“The mandate that was given to me was taken away by the politicians in that administration but now that we have an administration and a governor that believes in the rule of law I am now asking that my mandate which was freely given be restored.”

He said the deposed Oba was an “imposition of the politicians and not the candidate of the Osupa ruling house because he was wrongly installed that is why God has vindicated my course.

“His hurried installation within six days without waiting for the disposition of all cases against his candidacy shows that it is a nullity and I am ready to go to court to regain mandate.

“If the state governor resolve this matter by allowing me to claim my mandate I may not go to court but if the reverse is the case I would approach the court to get back what belongs to me.

“I need back my mandate. It is still alive. The state governor should revisit the selection exercise which produced me as the choice of the Kingmakers.

“The installation of Adepoju was fraudulent, irregular and politically motivated and a kangaroo. And going by what has happened it shows that God is in action.”

Meanwhile, the kingmakers in Akureland yesterday said they are yet to receive government directive on the selection of a reagent that would hold forth pending the presentation of candidate for the stool.

The Ojomu of Akureland High Chief Ayo Oluyide said the Kingmakers would act strictly as soon as they receive the directive.

A visit to the Oba’s palace yesterday showed that the gate had remained under lock and key since the day the former traditional ruler was sent packing from the palace.

Meanwhile, the two ruling houses in the Deji of Akure Chieftaincy are at logger head over whose turn it is to present candidate for the vacant stool.

The two ruling houses are the Osupa and Ojijigogun while the Ojijigogun ruling house comprises of Adesida, Faturoti and Arosoye. The Osupa has only one house.

Also, it was learnt that the Ojijigogun ruling house is divided on whom amongst them should be allowed to fill the vacant stool among the three royal houses.

Another argument was that the Adesida ruling house having occupied the throne for over 100 years should not participate at all in fairness to others houses.

For fair play, the other ruling house said “if there should fair play among the Ojijigogun Ruling House, it should be the turn of Faturoti since both Adesida and Arosoye had occupied the throne in the past.


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