The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has presented the staff
of office and instrument of appointment to the new Olorin of Orin
Ekiti, Oba Olufemi Adeniran Ajibewa.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Tuesday held at the
Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti in line with
COVID-19 protocols, Fayemi urged Oba Ajibewa to see his new position
as a call to duty to serve his people and move the town forward.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor
described the throne as a sensitive position that calls for
considerable wisdom, diligence, sacrifice, initiative and

According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the Olorin stool became vacant on
10th February 2015 following the demise of the last monarch, Oba
Oluwole Olubunmo, who reigned for 20 years.

Oba Ajibewa’s appointment as the Olorin was approved by the State
Executive Council on 11th June, 2020 after satisfying all conditions
to ascend the throne.

The Governor, who commended the stakeholders for their cooperation
which led to Oba Ajibewa’s selection after five years without a king
in the community, urged them to allow peace to reign and cooperate
with their traditional ruler for Orin’s accelerated development.

Fayemi further hailed Orin indigenes for maintaining and sustaining
the needed peace and their display of maturity and decorum during the
delay in filling the vacant stool after the transition of the late Oba

The Governor promised to always accord the traditional institution
with respect describing it as agents of grassroots development hence
the desire of his administration to always fill vacant stools promptly

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate this
administration’s respect for the traditional institution in Ekiti
State. The institution is a revered one and our government will
continue to accord it the deserved respect.

“We are nor unmindful of the vital roles being player by our royal
fathers. It is in realisation of this that our our administration has
been ensuring the filling of vacant stools in accordance with the
extant rules and regulations.”

The Chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government, Mr. Ayodimeji Adeola,
expressed satisfaction with the filling of the Olorin stool by the
Fayemi administration after it had been vacant for over five years.

Adeola urged the people of Orin to shun any act that can cause unrest
and civil disobedience, appealing to those aggrieved with the
emergence of Ajibewa to bury the hatchet and cooperate with the new
Oba to move the community forward.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeniyi
Familoni explained that the bureau supervised a transparent exercise
which led to the choice of the new monarch after an initial delay
occasioned by misgivings on the applicable chieftaincy declaration by
some critical stakeholders.

He disclosed that the Fayemi administration had coronated eleven new
traditional rulers in 2020 alone commending its resolve to always fill
vacant stools as soon as possible in compliance with the Chiefs Law.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajibewa, who was flanked by his wife,
Olori Oluwayemisi, commended the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the
State Executive Council for upholding the truth throughout the process
of his selection as the Olorin.

He appealed to the state government to consider upgrading the stool of
the Olorin of Orin Ekiti from Grade C to Grade B Oba which he
described as long overdue.

Oba Ajibewa noted that he had accepted the noble call to serve
pledging to be fair and just to everyone and to work with all Orin
indigenes to ensure that outstanding successes are achieved and the
lost glory of the community recovered.

The traditional ruler identified peace, progress and unity as his
watchword during his reign to stimulate patriotism, prosperity and
undisputable achievements.

According to Oba Ajibewa, his intention is to bring touch of
modernity, international exposure and dynamic mind to bear on the
throne promising to make his palace “a market of ideas” where every
indigene can contribute to its development.

The monarch hailed the Fayemi administration for developing the Orin
Farm Settlement and engagement of foreign investors to make the centre
a major hub for agribusiness and job creation for the youths.

The royal father also lauded the Governor for recent appointment of a
daughter of the community, Dr Adebimpe Aderiye, as the Commissioner of
Education, Science and Technology, describing the developments as a
sign of greater things to come.

Oba Ajibewa who said his town is endowed with mineral resources that
can be harnessed to boost the economy of the state also urged the
state government to link Orin with Isan to further open up the axis
for development.

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