The governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, alongside five others have been dragged to court by the Obajeu Royal Family of Otun-Ekiti of the state over an unconventional appointment by the government.
Report by The Nation disclosed that the stool of Oore, one of the 16 most prominent Pelupelu Obas in Ekiti became vacant after the demise of Oba Adedapo Popoola in October, and the Royal Family had filed a suit at the High Court, Ado Ekiti Judicial Division, over the government’s appointment at the Iyaaba Royal Dynasty against the tradition of rotation.
The Royal Family filed the suit against the governor, Kayode Fayemi (1st defendant), Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi (2nd defendant), attorney general and Justice commissioner (3rd defendant), secretary in Moba Local Government (4th defendant), Obanla of Otun Chief Adeniran Odeniyi (5th defendant ) and Head of Iyaaba Ruling House Chief Ateere Folorunso (6th defendant).
The claimants are seeking a reverse of the action of the government and a declaration of adherence with the tradition of rotation which would install Obajeu as the natural choice.
In the sworn affidavit of urgency deposed to by Olakanmi Falade, which was attached to the motion on notice, the royal family stated that the government was wrong for failing to abide by the precepts of tradition by allowing the kingmakers to make input to select a king from the appropriate lineage.