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June 15, 2024

Osun ruling house accuses govt of installing ‘stranger’ as monarch

Osun ruling house accuses govt of installing ‘stranger’ as monarch

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

The Nyanbilolu ruling house in Ekosin, Odo-Otin local government area of Osun State have accused Osun State Government of imposing a “stranger” on the community as monarch illegally.

The family while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on Saturday, said the monarch, Kazali Olagunju is not from any of the ruling houses in the town.

Prince Kayode Asa, who spoke on behalf of the family, said the monarch was presented instruments of office at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs because the decision was not popular within the community.

He added that the presentation was done despite a case against the monarch and the kingmakers before a competent court of law instituted by the family.

His words, “The Ekosin Ruling Houses and the community as a whole are in shock as the political officers under the guise of Osun State Government are forcing an impostor on us as their traditional ruler and presenting “staff of office” to him at the state Secretariat.

“We also have not seen a report of any State Executive Council Meeting where the ratification of Kazali Olagunju as Akosin of Ekosin was made.

“Surprisingly, we only saw the picture of presentation of staff of office on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

“This is a reckless abuse of office and power and the sheer disobedience to the rule of law perpetrated by some political officers in the administration of the Governor of Osun State Asiwaju Ademola Adeleke over the filling of vacant stool of Akosin of Ekosin.”

Stating their demands, Asa called for the withdrawal of instrument of office given to Kazali Olagunju as Akosin and his appointment be withdrawn immediately.

He also implored the State government to respect and wait for the judgment of the Court.

Monarch reacts

Reacting, Yemi Abiona, counsel to the monarch, said Olagunju was selected by his ruling house and his name was sent to the kingmakers.

His words: “The appointment, installation and presentation of Staff of Office to Oba Olagunju followed due process.

“No restraining order against the key decision makers as they were not joined in the suit filed by Yanbinlolu. Oba Olagunju was selected by his Ruling House and his name was sent to kingmakers alongside others. He was elected by the kingmakers.

“When this new administration came on board, the committee set up to investigate chieftaincy issues cleared Oba Olagunju.

“The first suit that was instituted by Yanbinlolu came after selection process had been completed and the governor, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and the Attorney General were not joined in the matter.”