Ekiti Monarch Accuses Fayose-led Administration Of Denigrating His Office


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A monarch in Ekiti State has accused the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led administration in the state of attempting to rewrite history by robbing him of his stool.

The Olukere of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Ayodele Obasoyin, said this while addressing journalists in his palace on Tuesday.

The traditional ruler also faulted a statement credited to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, an indigene of the town, claiming that only Ogoga was the recognised monarch in the town.

Oba Obasoyin said the statement was in error and capable of inciting violence in the town.

He displayed documents dating as far back as 1933 (Ikere Intelligence Report) and others, to back up his claim that his stool was historically authentic.

While stating that the state government had deliberately ignored three memos he wrote advocating that he be given his staff of office, the monarch said the last voucher showing evidence that the Olukere was paid a salary by the government dated back to 1989.

Stating that he had been pleading with his people to keep the peace and allow the court adjudicate on the matter, Oba Obasoyin said: “A couple of weeks ago, Governor Fayose called me to his office and warned me against giving Ogoga any problem and that he would fight me with all the paraphernalia of his office if I should take any action against my rival.

“The Attorney-General, Owoseeni Ajayi; Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo; Commissioner for Works, Kayode Oso; Fayose’s CSO and one of his sisters were present at the meeting.

“I want to say that Ogoga, who Governor Fayose was parading as his recognised king, came to this town in 1836 from Akure; this is on record. About six Olukere had been installed before he came. Why should the landlord now become a tenant? Nobody can rewrite this in history.

“Governor Fayose must learn from Ife-Modakeke communal crisis. They should not do anything that would promote war in this land. If the government of Ekiti has any problem with the Federal Government, it shouldn’t use Ikere as a testing ground.”


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