lI won’t join issues with any monarch or Chiefs — Ojudu
By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti — SOME traditional chiefs, under the aegis of the Ogoga-in Council, and the Supreme Council of Ikere youths have faulted a statement credited to the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Femi Ojudu that the monarch of their town, Ikere Ekiti was recently jailed for days over an alleged murder case.
The groups threatened to institute a legal action against Ojudu if he fails to retract the statement and tender apology to the community.
Reacting to the allegations, Senator Ojudu said: “What is a fact is that Olukere of Ikere was arrested and imprisoned over an alleged murder case and this happened in Ekiti. The position of the Ogoga-in-council and some Ikere youths that the Olukere of Ikere Ekiti is not recognised as a monarch of the town is their own internal problem. I don’t want to get involved in that.”
It would be recalled that Ojudu, while declaring his intention to contest for Ekiti governorship seat on March 9, had alleged that governor Ayodele Fayose arrested and imprisoned the Ikere-Ekiti monarch.
He did not, however, disclose the name of the monarch.
Meanwhile, the Olukere of Ikere town, Ganiu Obasoyin was recently arrested and detained for days over an alleged murder of one Femi Kolade.
The Ogoga-in-council, who are traditional chiefs in the Ogoga’s cabinet, faulted Ojudu’s statement, saying “the paramount ruler of Ikere, Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu Alagbado remains the Ogoga and was never at anytime charged for any crime.”
Addressing journalists on behalf of the Ogoga-in-Council, the Sapetu of Ikere land, Prof. Babatola Olufemi said: “We have no problem with Ojudu’s ambition to become a governor. It is even a welcome development since the arena is free for all Ekiti indigenes. We are, however, embarrassed by the pronouncement of Senator Babafemi Ojudu during his declaration to the effect that the Ikere monarch was arrested and locked up in prison by Governor Fayose.
“Ojudu is or claims to be a thorough bred Ekiti son. He attended primary and secondary schools at Ado where we expected he would have learned a bit about his state. Ado is the nearest town to Ikere. It is a crying shame that his knowledge of his environment especially his place of birth is shamefully deficient that he did not know the Oba of Ikere kingdom.
“The Ogoga-in-council categorically states that Ikere monarch, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, Agirilala II, was never arrested or imprisoned.”
On his part, the National Secretary of the Supreme Council of Ikere youths, Mr. Tope Ariyo tackled Ojudu on the said statement and corroborated the positions held by the Ogoga in council.