The Ekiti State Government has overruled the Alamo of Ilamo Ekiti, Oba
Adebayo Awoseyila, on the appointment and installation of a new
quarter head for Ulara Quarters in Ilamo Ekiti in Ikole Local
Government Area.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who gave the directive at a
peace meeting with stakeholders from Ilamo Ekiti noted that the
appointment and installation of an unauthorised individual as Eleeshe
of Ulara Quarters by the monarch was wrong since the position was not
vacant in the eye of the law.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Odunayo
Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor, maintained that the purported
appointment of a new Eleeshe violated the State Chiefs Law, violated
due process and was not carried out with the approval of the state

He affirmed that the only Eleeshe recognised by the state government
is the current occupant of the seat, Chief Ezekiel Olanipekun,
condemning the purported appointment and installation of one Olajiire
Olayode by Oba Awoseyila which he said violated the provision of the
State Chiefs Law.

Otunba Egbeyemi who expressed dismay with the purported appointment of
another Eleeshe said the action ran contrary to government’s earlier
directive that parties in the chieftaincy crisis should maintain
status quo and not resort to self-help pending the resolution of the
matter which is before a court of law.

He maintained that the Alamo ought to have followed due process by
putting the state government on notice in consonance with the State
Chiefs Law before invoking any sanction against the Eleeshe.

The Deputy Governor who warned that government would not tolerate any
breakdown of law and order in Ilamo Ekiti stressed that the full wrath
of the law would be visited on any individual or group who sponsors
violence in the community.

Otunba Egbeyemi subsequently referred the matter to a committee of the
State Council of Traditional Rulers which is expected to make
recommendations that would guide government on the issue.

He said: “This chief (Olanipekun) who is before me is the only Eleeshe
that is duly recognised by the government and as far as this
government is concerned, we don’t know another Eleeshe. Kabiyesi
(Alamo) did not follow due process and whatever you did without
following due process is illegal, null and void.

“Kabiyesi, I don’t want you to take the law into your hands. It is
wrong of you to make an attempt to install another chief when the
matter is still in court. Any action you want to take, you must put
government on notice through the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs.”

Responding to an allegation by the Alamo, the Deputy Governor also
warned Chief Olanipekun against involvement in and sponsoring violence
against his kinsmen in a bid to retain his position as the Eleeshe.

The Deputy Governor advised Chief Olanipekun to go back home and join
hands with the Alamo to ensure peace and development of the town since
his application for autonomy did not succeed reiterating that he is
not an Oba but a chief under the Alamo.

Otunba Egbeyemi also cautioned traditional chiefs demanding autonomy
for their quarters to toe the line of peace and not take the law into
their hands in the pursuit of their bid.

While noting that the demand for autonomy was not against the law, the
Deputy Governor counselled that nobody should hide under the demand to
engage in any unlawful activity that can undermine peaceful

The Deputy Governor noted that Governor Kayode Fayemi wants peace and
tranquility to prevail in all parts of the state to facilitate
sustainable development and fulfillment of his administration’s
development agenda.

Chief Olanipekun had earlier claimed that the Alamo had installed
Olayode as the Eleeshe contrary to the directive of the state
government and in defiance of the case in court.

He also claimed that some youths of the community were agitated and
spoiling for a showdown but the intervention of security agencies
prevented a breakdown of law and order.

Oba Awoseyila, in his submission, accused Chief Olanipekun of
perpetrating violence and abandoning his traditional duties which
prompted issuance of two queries to him which he refused to answer.

The Alamo denied ever appointing another Eleeshe saying he only had
the intention of doing so because Chief Olanipekun has refused to
perform his traditional duties despite the Governor’s order that he
should maintain peace and attend palace meetings.

The monarch said the decision to appoint another Eleeshe was reached
because of the chiefs alleged recalcitrant behaviour and was approved
by the Alamo-in-Council.




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