A prominent traditional ruler in Ekiti State, the Onijan of Ijan-Ekiti, Oba Oyewole Fadahunsi, has expressed concern over the politicisation of the death of a prominent son of the town, Dr. Ayodeji Daramola, by political parties in their struggle for the June 21 governorship election.
Oba Fadahunsi, who described the assassination of the former World Bank Consultant as a colossal loss to the people of his community and the state in general, warned that such a grievous and sensitive issue should not be used as instrument of politics.
He made the statement in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday in his response to media reports that he had absolved ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of complicity in the assassination of the former Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant.
Daramola was killed by suspected assassins in his Ijan-Ekiti countryhome in August 14, 2006 during the Fayose-led regime.
Oba Fadahunsi said he had no power to pronounce anybody innocent or guilty of a case that is before the court, saying only a court of competent jurisdiction can dispense judgment on the matter.
He, however, emphasized that he had neither given Fayose a clean bill of health in the matter nor indicted him since the matter is pending in court.
The monarch said: “It will be subjudice at this level for me to pronounce judgment on a matter that is pending in court. I neither said Fayose had no hands in Daramola’s death nor indicted him of being responsible as such statements could be contemptuous.
“What I said in the interview was very clear and unambiguous. I said Fayose owed the people of Ijan-Ekiti and the state at large explanations on what led to Daramola’s death as the Chief Security Officer of the state at that time.
“Even when Fayose visited my palace last Monday, I still emphasized that there is no way we will talk of Daramola’s death that his name would not be mentioned because the two of them were struggling for the PDP governorship ticket at that time and the circumstance under which Daramola was killed clearly showed that his murder was planned and predetermined.
“So, I want to warn politicians not to use me as instrument of politics in this matter. Referring to my comments as exonerating or indicting somebody in this sensitive issue smacks of political desperation and I should be spared of such agony,” he said.
He regretted that media publications that he had absolved Fayose and the earlier one published where he was quoted to have indicted the ex-governor have been generating ill-feeling and tension among politicians in Ijan- Ekiti.
Oba Fadahunsi advised politicians to adhere strictly to issue-based campaigns rather than using a painful death of such an illustrious son as kite to garner sympathies from the populace.
Jide Awe: We’ll Invoke Spirit of Ancestors on Election Riggers

The Chairman, Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Jide Awe, has threatened that the people of the state would invoke the spirit of their ancestors against those planning to plunge Ekiti into crisis during the June 21 governorship election.
Awe, who maintained that Ekiti as an ethnic group that had never been captured in any war, warned those planning to unleash violence on the state and rig the election to beware, for the people are resolute to resist their evil intention.
The APC chieftain spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend in reaction to a statement credited to Vice President Namadi Sambo that the Ekiti election would be war for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Describing the statement as an invitation to anarchy and civil unrest considering where it was coming from, Awe declared that such statement could embolden election riggers to perpetrate evil against the people of the state.
He said: “We are going to invoke the spirits of our ancestors against those planning evil in this election. We had fought many wars in the past and the history is there to tell us how they ended.
“Ekiti had never been captured in any war and this election, which our Vice President Namadi Sambo described as war will not be an exemption”.
Awe advised that rather than for Vice President Sambo to exhaust all his energies on Ekiti election, it would be more expedient for him to deploy such to fight the Boko Haram insurgency that is ripping the country apart and killing innocent citizens.
“How can Vice President Sambo dispense so much energy on Ekiti election when the crisis in Southern Kaduna, his countryhome is yet to be resolved? Again, he can match to Borno or Yobe State and fight Boko Haram insurgents if he believes he has such energy rather think only of how to win Ekiti.
“We are too civilised to be captured by anybody or allow somebody in Abuja to impose a governor on us. Ekiti people will decide who becomes the next governor and surely, Governor Kayode Fayemi is that preferred person,” Awe said.

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