Obaship Tussle: Ondo Community rejects Court Judgment, wants existing Kingmakers to elect Monarch

..urges Gov Akeredolu’s intervention to sustain their traditional custom of electing monarch

..those involved ‘ll be invited for briefing- Govt

By Oluwagbamila Odunayo

The people of Ibulesoro Community in Ifedore local government area of Ondo State, today staged a peaceful protest to the Governor’s office to register their grievances regarding the outcome of court judgment that empowered some personalities as Warrant Chiefs for the selection of a new monarch.

It would be recalled that the community had forwarded three names from the families of late kingmakers as Warrant Chiefs, who are supposed to join the three kingmakers alive to elect new monarch. However, trouble started when different names were approved from local government authority which had resulted to court case.

The court judgment delivered last week had approved the latter list as warrant Chiefs, the decision that was rejected by indigenes of the community, that then birthed today’s protest.

Speaking with Journalists, some titled Chiefs,  who coordinated the protest demanded that  the judgment should be set aside and appealed to government to allow the remaining three Kingmakers  elect a new Monarch.

High Chief Francis Adewole while expressing their dissatisfaction with the judgment, hinted that it’s uncalled for, and against the tradition for an aspiring king to influence the appointment of Kingmakers by choosing Warrants Chiefs who weren’t from families that were traditionally empowered to elect new King.

According to him, six Kingmakers were bound to elect a new king in Ibulesoro community, three are dead and the community’s committee are responsible for selection of three people to join the kingmakers who are supposed to be from the families of the departed kimgmakers.

This they’ve done by sending the names of three persons to local government for approval as Warrants Chiefs but were disappointed to receive different names.

He urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to intervene and rescue the community from imposition of kingmakers which could lead to an unrest.

Also Speaking, Chief Mrs Olayiwola Victoria said the three existing Kingmakers should be allowed to elect new king for them, noting that all ruling houses had rejected the court judgement.

Addressing the Protesters, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, informed them that the matter was already before his Ministry and would be looked into.

He urged them to be calm,maintain peace and appeal the judgment, noting that those involved in the kingship process would be invited for further briefing.

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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