By Tolulope Fatunwase
In a bid to avert crises in the replacement of the late traditional ruler, Oba Olakisokun Ayisa 1 who died on 25 February 1983, the people of Ado-Awaye In Iseyin Local Government, one of the important ancient Yoruba towns has installed a new monarch.
Oba Afolarin Oyetunji Abilawon 1 who is awaiting the state government’s recognition filled the vacuum created by the demise of the former traditional ruler.
The new monarch was born to the family of Abilawon at Ago Aafin in Ado-Awaye and he was nominated from “Maku” Ruling House.
Speaking with WESTERN POST at his palace, the new monarch said the installation became necessary, following a recent action taken by members of the community, protesting that they wanted him as their monarch.
He disclosed that since the demise of the last Alado of Ado Awaye about 32 years ago, the town has found it difficult to have a common voice and that allowed greedy politicians to take advantage of the town
“Since the last Alado joined his ancestors, the town has been enmeshed in kingship tussle as a result of the Oladunni Ruling House, that prevented any of the royal families from occupying the vacant stool.”
“The court action that struck out the case on 13 November, 2012 made it possible for me to become the monarch,” he explained.
He said he saw his kingship as a collective will of his people and a divine call to serve and protect them.
Oba Abilawon opined that Prince Gbadegesin Olakisokun, the regent to the late Alado was never in anyway eligible to be the traditional ruler in the community.
He warned those disrupting the peace of the community to desist from such illegal act.
Also speaking, Prince Gbolagade Ajayi from Olaogun Ruling House said that Abilawon was the favourite of the town. He said that Oladunni Rulling House has been monopolising the kingship against other
Ruling Houses, adding that “Maku” Ruling House has never presented a candidate since the merger of Ado and Awaye communities.
In his word, Chief David Awodele Akintayo,the present “Arole” of the town said they are all in support of the new monarch.