The selection process leading to the installation of the new monarch of Akure has been described by the Regent of the ancient town, Princess Adetutu Adesida as unfair and undemocratic.
She made the assertion on Monday while speaking with WESTERN POST in the palace that she was shut out completely from the process as a regent who should be carried along by the high chiefs.
Princess Adesida said she was caught unawares by the installation process being embarked upon by both the kingmakers and the state government, saying the process negates culture and tradition of the town.
The Regent said the kingmakers and other relevant government agencies should have informed her about the process so that she could be psychologically prepared for her exit from the palace.
Though the Regent admitted that she has no role to play in the selection of the new monarch for the town but added that she deserved to be carried along as a stakeholder.
She said it would be wrong for the new monarch to meet her in the palace.
Her words: “The process to me is vague. I was not informed initially. What has been done so far I am not aware of. I read that the due process has been made.
“The kingmakers are the ones that did not carry me along. I am a major stakeholder and I should be informed. I want due process to be followed. Things should be done in a proper manner.”
Traditional kingmakers in Akure on Sunday unanimously selected Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo as the next Deji of the town to replace Oba Adebiyi Adesida who died over a year ago.
Aladetoyinbo, a three-time contestant to the throne, defeated 12 other princes to emerge as the monarch of the town subject to the approval of the state government.