Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has presented the staff of
office to the new Owa of Oke Oro-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government, Oba
Adebukola Alexander Aina, describing the traditional institution as a
veritable tool for good governance.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony in the community on
Saturday, Fayemi urged the people of Oke Oro to demonstrate the spirit
of oneness and sincerity of purpose to support their king.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor
advised the new Monarch to rally his subjects for the growth and
development of the town.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor,
Odunayo Ogunmola, revealed that the throne became vacant following the
demise of the last occupant, Oba Afolabi Bobade, in September 2017.
The Governor disclosed that the State Government commenced the process
of filling the vacant stool after the demise of Oba Afolabi Babade of
Onigaro Ruling House in September, 2017.
According to him, the process was in line with the provisions of
Section 8A (i) of Ekiti State Chiefs Law, 2012 and the tradition and
custom of the people of Oke Oro.
He stated that the selection of Aina was adjudged smooth, hitch-free
and devoid of political influence and manipulation.
Fayemi restated the commitment of his administration to always respect
the Traditional Institution and carry it along in ensuring peace,
progress and development of the state.
Fayemi explained that his administration was not unmindful of the
significant roles of royal fathers in fostering peaceful co-existence
of the people.
The Governor said the Obaship Institution served as veritable tool for
good governance through the performance of reconciliatory and advisory
roles to the government.
He advised Oba Aina to accommodate, endure, persevere, tolerate and
dutifully lead and serve his subjects in way that would sustain the
peace of the town.
Fayemi hailed the people of the town for maintaining decorum, decency
and maturity in the process.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Aina promised to sustain the peace and
the indivisible entity of the community to bring about development in
Oba Aina, who described his ascension to the throne as one destined by
God, urged the people Oke Oro to support him in bringing development
to the town.
The new Monarch solicited for the presence of developmental projects
in the community.
Earlier in his address the Chairman of Ijero Local Government, Mr.
Abiodun Dada, charged the new Monarch to put up a reconciliatory
committee of elders to settle grievance among aggrieved parties in the
community to engender peace, progress and development of the land.
Dada disclosed that the selection process was devoid of strife and rancour.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr.
Adeniyi Familoni, commended the administration of Fayemi for ensuring
that all vacant Chieftaincy stools in the state are promptly filled in
strict compliance with the law in order to ensure peace and harmony in
Familoni revealed that none of the process of filling vacant
traditional stools by the administration of Fayemi had been contested
in the court of law.