By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — THE supremacy tussle between Obas in Akure, Ondo State capital, deepened as the paramount traditional ruler, Deji of Akureland, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, weekend, directed the dethronement of all monarchs appointed without the consent of the Deji-in-Council.
Oba Adesida, in letter to Alayede Ogbese, Oba Iseoluwa Oluyede, directed him to limit his jurisdiction to his community and not dabble into other territories under the purview of the Deji.
The Alayede Ogbese had appointed some chiefs including Olu of Agunla, Prince Sunday Salami and Olu of Alayere, Prince Adeniran Aladetoyinbo, as villages heads just as the Deji had also appointed another set of people for the same communities.
The Alayede-Ogbese claimed that since the Deji’s domain does not extend beyond Akure South, he had no traditional or legal right to appoint village heads beyond his territory.
Ayede-Ogbese and communities in dispute are in Akure North Local Council.
However, the Deji, in a letter to Oba Oluyede, said: “The Agunla community in this instance is a community under the historical and traditional authority of Deji. The bifurcation of Akure Local Government into two was aimed at administrative convenience of the communities and not to infringe on existing historical and traditional authorities.
“Government steps at making life easy for the citizenry should not be misconceived as altering history and distorting facts but to rather complement it.
“A good reference is the case of Ondo East and West local governments, where the Osemawe exercises his authorities.”
The first monarch referred to the government circular on the issue, which gave him the paramountcy over lands within Akure kingdom.
The circular, directed to all the chairmen of local governments and chieftaincy committees, said: “I wish to refer to our letter reference no CD/C.480/17 of 19th August 1997 entitled Re: establishment of one traditional council for local government created from Akureland, and to make necessary clarifications as follows.
“That whereas the paramountcy of any Kabiyesi does not extend beyond his local government area, his consenting authority over the appointment of Obas and Baales, especially over the areas where he had traditional and historical control is non-negotiable.
“More so, when government has not appointed a recognised Oba over the area.
“For example, the fact that two local government councils have been created out of Akure Local Government does not infringe on the consenting authority of the Deji of Akure prior to the creation of Akure North Local Government.”