By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—THE Osolo chieftaincy stool crisis in Akure, Ondo State reverberated, weekend, as the kingmakers rejected the appointee of the Deji of Akure Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi from entering the palace to perform the new yam festival.
The tussle over who should occupy the throne of the Osolo of Isolo community had generated heat after the preferred candidate of the Deji, Prince Edward Kolawole Adewole, was appointed two months ago.
Speaking on behalf of the kingmakers, the kingmakers, High chief Olusunla of Isolo, Hezekiah Babatunde warned the Deji “to stay clear of the Isolo throne.”
Chief Babatunde said: “Oba Aladelusi went against the state government directive by appointing a high chief to occupy the Osolo Stool on 4th of June, 2018, an action that has pitched the community against the monarch.
“The Deji’s action was contrary to the state government’s directive and an abuse of court process since the matter is before the Supreme Court in a suit No: SC NO 267/2012 between the Deji of Akure as defendant and Iralepo of Isinkan and Osolo of Isolo as appellants in a case to determine the Obaship status of the two communities.
“Therefore, we have resolved at today’s council meeting, as representatives of our people that only our Regent, Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi has the full rights and privileges to be addressed as the traditional head of Isolo community, and only her reserve the right and backing of the entire community to enter the palace and perform all traditional rites and festivals, including this year annual Owayoko Yam Festival, and contrary move or action will be strongly resisted.
“We, therefore, call on our Regent, Princess Adebusola Oluwatuyi to immediately resume and commence further activities at the Osolo palace in preparation to host this year Owayoko festival and other traditional rites as the traditional head of the community.”
Deji of Akure reacts
Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akureland, Michael Adeyeye, said: “It is unfortunate that anyone will talk of a pseudo-crisis in Isolo. It is just a mere wishful thinking.
“It is crystal clear that the Appeal Court has dismissed the Judgment of the High Court since 2012.
“I want to tell you that the Osolo is a High Chief under the Deji and there is no acrimony between the Deji and the new Osolo as we speak.
“The Elemo has been suspended as a Chief and the appropriate quarter has been notified. The Deji has not done anything against the law. All that has been done concerning the new Osolo is in order and the people of the Community are happy about it.”
“If you go to Isolo as we speak, you will see a relatively peaceful community and all the residents, sons and daughters of Isolo are happy with the Osolo.
“The New Osolo has been performing the necessary traditional rites and he will continue in the capacity. He is loved and acceptable to his people as well as the Deji who is the prescribed authority.
“The Deji had recently appointed new High Chiefs; the Olisa, among others. So, the appointment of the new Osolo is in order.”