Dayo Johnson Akure
ONDO state government has cleared the air over alleged plan to install a claimant to the throne of Alale of the town, Prince Isiaka Oseni as the monarch of the town.
Tension heightened in the community last week following a rumour that the state government would give staff of office to Oseni despite the tendency of the suit at the Supreme Court and the existence of a ruling monarch, Oba Sunday Adeyeye Ajimo.
Reacting swiftly to the speculation, the information and Strategy commissioner Yemi Olowolabi said he was “not aware of any plan to install any Oba in Akungba-Akoko.
Olowolabi said that “I am not aware of the plan by government to install an Oba. The governor is a Senior Advocate. Our government is law abiding and would not do anything to jeopardize the rule of law.
” The government does not install an Oba. It is the people that install their Oba. Since the case is in court, the government will follow the due process.
Recall that Oseni has been installed as a parallel monarch following a judgment of Ikare High Court and the decision of Court of Appeal that recognized Agure-Mokun as part of Ole Ruling House whose turn is to produce the Alale of Akungba.
Oba Ajimo has equally dispelled the rumour about the installation of Prince Oseni as the monarch of the town by absolving the state government and saying that government is lawful and would not subvert the rule of law.
A statement by the embattled monarch which was made available to newsmen in Akure said there was no iota of truth in the plan by the government to install another monarch in the town.
Oba Ajimo directed the people of the town to be law abiding and go about their lawful businesses.
“There is no plan by the Ondo State government to interfere or tamper with the chieftaincy title of Alale of Akungba. The legal tussle over the chieftaincy title of Alale of Akungba-Akoko is pending at the Supreme Court of Nigeria where an application for injunction pending appeal has been filed in Appeal No SC/155/2018.
“All indigenes of Akungba-Akoko should maintain peace and order. There is no plan by the governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to tamper with Alale of Akungba chieftaincy. The Supreme Court will soon determine the matter and justice shall prevail.”
Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure had already dismissed a stay of execution application and other motions filed against the earlier judgement of the court that recognized Agure-Mokun lineage as part of ruling families to the stool of Alale chieftaincy.
The Alale stool which became vacant when late Oba Adekanye Omosowon joined his ancestors in December, 2003, had attracted litigations from Ajimoh lineage of Ole ruling family who challenged the selection of Prince Oseni Adu from Agure-Mokun lineage by the town’s kingmakers.
However, both the State High Court in Ikare-Akoko and the appellate court had ruled that Prince Adu and members of his lineage had a right to the Alale stool.
Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu-led appeal court three man panel while ruling on the applications to review the Court’s judgments held that “since the case had been appealed at the Supreme Court, parties had abused court process by bringing same back to the appellate court.