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Ekiti govt rejects installation of Quarter head by monarch

Posted by on September 8, 2021 0

The Ekiti State Government has overruled the Alamo of Ilamo Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Awoseyila, on the appointment and installation of a new quarter head for Ulara Quarters in Ilamo Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who gave the directive at a peace meeting with stakeholders from Ilamo Ekiti said the appointment and installation of an unauthorised individual as Eleeshe of Ulara Quarters by the monarch was wrong since the position was not vacant in the eyes of the law.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Odunayo Ogunmola, maintained that the purported appointment of a new Eleeshe violated the State Chiefs Law, violated due process and was not carried out with the approval of the state government.

He affirmed that the only Eleeshe recognised by the state government is the current occupant of the seat, Ezekiel Olanipekun, condemning the purported appointment and installation of one Olajiire Olayode by Oba Awoseyila, claiming it violated the provision of the State Chiefs Law.

Otunba Egbeyemi who expressed dismay with the purported appointment of another Eleeshe said the action ran contrary to the government’s earlier directive that parties in the chieftaincy crisis maintain status quo and not resort to self-help pending the resolution of the matter which is before a court of law.

He maintained that the Alamo ought to have followed due process by putting the state government on notice in consonance with the State Chiefs Law before invoking any sanction against the Eleeshe.

The Deputy Governor who warned that government would not tolerate any breakdown of law and order in Ilamo Ekiti stressed that the full wrath of the law would be visited on any individual or group who sponsors violence in the community.

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Otunba Egbeyemi subsequently referred the matter to a committee of the State Council of Traditional Rulers which is expected to make recommendations that would guide the government on the issue.

He said: “This chief (Olanipekun) who is before me is the only Eleeshe that is duly recognised by the government and as far as this government is concerned, we don’t know another Eleeshe. Kabiyesi (Alamo) did not follow due process and whatever you did without following due process is illegal, null and void.

“Kabiyesi, I don’t want you to take the law into your hands. It is wrong of you to make an attempt to install another chief when the matter is still in court. Any action you want to take, you must put the government on notice through the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs.”

Responding to an allegation by the Alamo, the Deputy Governor also warned Chief Olanipekun against involvement in and sponsoring of violence against his kinsmen in a bid to retain his position as the Eleeshe.

The Deputy Governor advised Chief Olanipekun to go back home and join hands with the Alamo to ensure peace and development of the town since his application for autonomy did not succeed reiterating that he is not an Oba but a chief under the Alamo.

Otunba Egbeyemi also cautioned traditional chiefs demanding autonomy for their quarters to tow the line of peace and not take laws into their hands in the pursuit of their bid.

While noting that the demand for autonomy was not against the law, the Deputy Governor counselled that nobody should hide under the demand to engage in any unlawful activity that can undermine peaceful coexistence.

The Deputy Governor noted that Governor Kayode Fayemi wants peace and tranquillity to prevail in all parts of the state to facilitate sustainable development and the fulfilment of his administration’s development agenda.

Chief Olanipekun had earlier claimed that the Alamo had installed Olayode as the Eleeshe contrary to the directive of the state government and in defiance of the case in court.

He also claimed that some youths of the community were agitated and spoiling for a showdown but the intervention of security agencies prevented a breakdown of law and order.

Oba Awoseyila, in his submission, accused Chief Olanipekun of perpetrating violence and abandoning his traditional duties which prompted the issuance of two queries to him which he refused to answer.

The Alamo denied ever appointing another Eleeshe saying he only had the intention of doing so because Olanipekun had refused to perform his traditional duties despite the Governor’s order that he maintains peace and attend palace meetings.

The monarch said the decision to appoint another Eleeshe was reached because of the chief’s alleged recalcitrant behaviour and was approved by the Alamo-in-Council.

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