The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the new
Obalaaye of Ejiyan Ekiti in Ijero Local Government, Oba Adekunle
Adesesan Adepoju, to see his ascension to the throne as a divine call
to service.
Dr. Fayemi, who made the call while presenting the staff of office and
instrument of appointment to the new Oba urged his subjects to live in
peace with the neighbouring communities of Ipoti Ekiti and Owatedo
Represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi
Egbeyemi, the Governor said the new status of the monarch calls for
wisdom, sacrifice, commitment, tolerance and perseverance.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the Obalaaye throne became vacant
following the demise of the last occupant, Oba Nathaniel Osayomi
Kupolokun on 15th September, 2019.
The new royal father was elected by the town’s kingmakers on 12th
October, 2020 in line with the provisions of the State Chiefs Law 2012
paving the way for the presentation of staff of office and instrument
of appointment.
Oba Adepoju who was joined by his wife, Olori Omolayo Foluke, to
receive the symbol of authority described his new position as a huge
responsibility to develop the town and move it forward economically,
socially and in attracting more projects.
The brief ceremony held at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s
Office in line with COVID-19 regulations was witnessed by the
Chairman, Ijero Local Government, Hon. Ropo Ige; the Owa Ajero of
Ijero of Ijero and Chairman of ghe Local Government Traditional
Council, Oba Adebayo Adewole; the Oloja Owa of Owatedo Ekiti, Oba
David Olofinlade and some Ejiyan Ekiti chiefs.
The Governor enjoined Oba Adepoju to exercise the new power conferred
on him with restraint and fear of God counselling him to tread the
path of humility by seeking the advice of all and respect the views of
the majority while taking decisions.
While noting that meaningful development could only be achieved in an
atmosphere of peace, Dr. Fayemi called on the people of Ejiyan Ekiti
to support and join hands with their new royal father to move the
community forward.
The Governor who said the enthronement of the monarch officially
confirmed him as the custodian of the culture and tradition of the
town urging him to protect his people’s cultural heritage.
Dr. Fayemi further used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of
his administration to the welfare of the people sating the support of
the people was crucial to achieving the government’s lofty plans in
building state to be proud of.
He said: “Let me reassure you that the wind of development blowing
across the length and breadth of the state will not elude Ejiyan
Community in any form. As a government, we will always provide the
necessary amenities within our limited resources to enhance the needed
development of our State.
“We shall continually and assiduously pursue the promises we made to
the good people of Ekiti that there will be improvement in their
welfare. We assure Ekiti Kete that our little resources will always he
judiciously expended to pursue the goals of making the State a pride
of all.”
The Ijero Local Government Chairman, Hon. Ige, commended the
kingmakers and the entire people of Ejiyan for conducting a peaceful
and transparent selection process “that would have taken a long time
to fill the hitherto vacant stool.”
The council boss commended the neutral position of the state
government and allowing the will of the people to prevail noting that
the latest selection process marked the third one since the inception
of his administration in January 2020.
The Executive Secretary of the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr.
Adegboyega Morakinyo, hailed the Governor for his keen interest in
ensuring that vacant traditional stools are filled promptly in
compliance with the Chiefs Law to ensure smooth running of the towns.
He disclosed that the selection process was keenly monitored by agency
in accordance with the extant rules abs in line with the tradition of
the people of Ejiyan.
Responding after receiving the staff of office, Oba Adepoju, promised
not to disappoint his subject assuring that he would justify the
confidence reposed in him which made his ascension to the throne
The Obalaaye expressed his gratitude to the Fayemi administration for
the cooperation enjoyed during and after his selection and his
subsequent installation as monarch.
Oba Adepoju stressed that he would be willing and ready to make
sacrifices as a monarch expressing his commitment to extend his hand
of fellowship to brother monarchs in Ijero council area to promote
peaceful coexistence and pursue development for the people.
He said: “The autonomies granted Ejiyan Ekiti and Owatedo Ekiti (from
Ipoti Ekiti) to attain independence and become separate entities,
rather than create unwarranted acrimony, confusion and unprovoked
strife, should, in my own view, be harnessed to promote peace,
strengthen our togetherness and further development.
“In this connection, I call on our sister communities of Owatedo and
Ipoti to let us eschew unnecessary bickering borne out of sheer
intolerance, greed, bellyaching and come together in the spirit of
oneness and mutual solidarity for the growth, progress and development
of our communities.”

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