The Ekiti State Government has declared that it would not tolerate any
chaos and anarchy in Ilamo Ekiti in Ikole Local Government over the
chieftaincy dispute on the position of Eleeshe of Ulara Quarters.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who gave the warning during
a peace meeting with stakeholders from the community, urged them to
toe the line of peace and never involve themselves in acts that could
lead to breakdown of law and order.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the Special Assistant (Media)
to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the emergency peace meeting
was called to douse the tension generated by the purported appointment
and installation of another Eleeshe of Ulara Quarters by the Alamo,
Oba Adebayo Awoseyila.
Otunba Egbeyemi affirmed that the only Eleeshe recognised by the state
government is the current occupant of the seat, Chief Ezekiel
Olanipekun, condemning the purported installation of one Olajiire
Olayode by the Alamo which he said violated the State Chiefs Law.
The Deputy Governor also said the action ran contrary to government’s
earlier directive that parties in the dispute should maintain status
quo and not resort to self-help pending the resolution of the matter
which is before the court of law.
Following submissions from parties, the Deputy Governor subsequently
referred the matter to a committee of the State Council of Traditional
Rulers which is expected to turn in its report to guide the state
government on the resolution of the crisis.
The Deputy Governor cautioned Chief Olanipekun against resort to
violence advising him to go back home and join hands with the Alamo
since his application for autonomy did not succeed saying “Chief
Olanipekun is not an Oba but a chief under Alamo.”
Otunba Egbeyemi said no perpetrator of violence in the town would go
unpunished as government was ready to visit the full wrath of the law
He used the forum to caution traditional chiefs demanding autonomy for
their quarters to toe the line of peace and not take the law into
their hands in pursuit of their bid.
While noting that the demand for autonomy was not against the law,
Otunba Egbeyemi counselled that nobody should hide under such demand
to engage in any unlawful activity that can undermine peaceful
According to him, Governor Kayode Fayemi wants peace and tranquility
to prevail in all communities to facilitate sustainable development
and fulfillment of his administration’s development agenda.
Chief Olanipekun had earlier alleged that the Alamo had installed
Olayode as the Eleeshe contrary to the directive of the state
government and in defiance of the court.
He claimed that some youths of the community were spoiling for a
showdown but the intervention of security agencies prevented a
breakdown of law and order.
The Alamo, Oba Awoseyila, denied ever appointing another Eleeshe
saying he had an intention to do so because Chief Olanipekun has
failed to perform his traditional duties despite the government’s
order that he should maintain peace and and palace meetings.
The monarch accused the chief of recalcitrant behaviour and sponsoring
attacks on some individuals and destruction of palace property.