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Deji of Akure, community bicker over Osolo appointment

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE Osolo community in Ondo State has faulted the Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi over the appointment Amos Idowu as the  Osolo elect.

•Oba Aladelusi: Deji of Akure

Isolo is a community in Akure domain and its stool became vacant following the demise of Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi few years ago.

The Deji, Oba Aladelusi had rejected the appointment of Idowu as the Osolo-elect, saying the “illegal appointment was a desperate attitude aimed at destabilizing the existing peace in Akure Land.”

Oba Aladelusi said: “It is laughable that the said appointment was made in the middle of the night at a secret location in Akure. This appointment defies all logic, known tradition and customs relating to the appointment of a Quarter Chief.

“The act committed by those behind this illegal appointment is an affront on law, the traditional institution and the revered stool of the Deji of Akure.

But the kingmakers of the Osolo community insisted that the appointment and installation of their new king were in order.

The kingmakers, speaking through the Elemo of lsolo, High Chief Ibukun Adetoyinbo said the Deji of Akureland has no power to stop the installation of Idowu, the appointee of the Isolo kingmakers.

The Elemo of lsolo said: “The Deji had no right to dictate who rules over Isolo, our community was one of the towns that formed Akureland and it could not operate under Deji’s control.

“We challenged the government to give the  Osolo his staff of office, and we were granted recognition. Akure now challenged the authority of government, we won at the High Court, then they went on appeal, they won. Then we took our case to the Supreme Court. Osolo’s stool is not in dispute.”

“The Deji has no right to crown a king for Isolo. All the chiefs of Isolo Kingdom are happy and excited over the choice of their new king. All the chiefs of the kingdom thundered their unity as men and women of authority hailed the ascension of Oba Idowu to the throne,” he stressed.

However, Chief Press secretary to the Deji, Michael Adeyeye said: “Any attempt to defy the Deji’s order will amount to an attempt to defy the court order.”

It is a case of committal. Am sure you are aware that the Appeal Court had delivered his judgment in 2012 which reversed the upgrading of the Osolo and Iralepo Chieftaincy to the status of an Oba. The said judgment still subsists.

“As we speak, Mr. Amos Idowu has gone into hiding. He has committed a criminal offense by making a self-declaration as an Oba.”

 

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