By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Members of the Arijodi/Ologunmolaare family of Eleyowo community in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday protested against alleged attempt to impose a monarch on them by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi.
The protest caused gridlock along the popular Oba Adesida road.
The protesters, who later converged at the palace of the Deji, appealed to the monarch to suspend the process of the purported plan to instal a monarch on the community in order to allow peace to reign.
Addressing journalists, a leader of the protesters, Olugbenga Omolere, traced the issue to a landed property.
He said: “We have a family land at Alagbaka extension here in Akure with the name Arijodi/Ologunmolaare where Justice Aderemi Adegoroye of the Ondo State High Court gave an order that our family should set up a standing committee that would be in charge of the partitioning/sales, transfer, alienation or any other forms of dealing with the Arijodi/Ologunmolaare family land in such a way as shall affect the right of ownership of any person or group of persons.
“But, we got an information now that there is a process here at the Deji’s palace that they wanted to bring Olu for us and that is why we are here to tell the Deji of Akure that we don’t want Olu for now.
“We have crisis already in our community, so Deji should stop the process so that peace will reign in our community.”
Omolere noted that all they need for now is how peace will reign in the community, not the issue of Olu.
He said further that they don’t need Olu since the community is under serious threat from both parties
He urged the Deji to use his good offices in suspending any process on the issue untill everything is settled amicably in the community.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to Oba Aladelusi, Michael Adeyeye told Westernpost that, the monarch has told the protesters to write the palace officially which will eventually be looked into.