The Owa Oke-Ode ruling houses of Igbajo, Osun State on Monday, February 12, 2024 called the attention of the discerning members of the society and the public to the vicious process that has become a norm in Osun State in which the incumbent Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke pointlessly meddling in the already completed process of selection, appointment and installation of the Owa of Igbajoland, Oba Phillips Adegboyega Famodun.
According to the Secretary to the Ruling House, Prince Adeniyi Adeyemo, he stated that
“the kingmakers had already selected, announced and installed Oba Phillips Adegboyega Famodun as the authentic Owa of Igbajo on November 22, 2022 having completed all necessary rites and due accordance with the Chieftaincy Law of the land starting from the ruling houses to the kingmakers and to the Local Government and unequivocally approved under the then Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Alhaji Adeboyega Oyetola (now Minister of Marine and Blue Economy)”.
He added that,
“…the government order pertaining the re-selection process of a new Oba in the recently published White Paper as oppressive, vindictive and vendetta laden and will not be possible as it is unnecessary, contrast with the Chieftaincy Law and there can only be one Oba at a time in Agbajo”.
Again Adeyemo told the Press that,
“…other dissatisfied Princes named Prince Olaniyi Akande, Prince Ademola Makinde, Prince Awodola Tunde, Prince Esan Sunday versus The Executive Governor of Osun State being the defendant are already challenging the emerged Prince in the competent court with law suit No. HIK/1/2023”.
He said further that,
“the actions taken by the present Executive Arm of Osun State is more of a political vendetta, as Famodun was the immediate past State Chairman of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress APC in Osun and it is ironic as the members of the Executive Arm that played a great role in the selection and installation of Oba Phillips Famodun as the Owa of Igbajo are now constituting a clog in wheel of progress over the issue”.
Members of the Community says there has been peace, tranquility and development in Igbajo since the enthronement of Oba Phillips and they wouldn’t not accept any attempts by the State Government to be a judge in its own case as well as actions or inactions that would disrupt the existing peace in their ancestry town.
The Owa Council, Iwarefa leaders and members, Modede Women, The Iyabode of Igbajoland, Baba Obanla Iloro of Igbajo; Olatunde Micheal Ajibogun as well as the ten Baale of the ten villages with his staffs under each household were all present alongside the Secretary to the ruling Houses were all present at the Conference.
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