The government of Ekiti State has insisted that at no time did Governor Kayode Fayemi instruct His Royal Majesty, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola, the Onitaji of Itaji and Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Ekiti State, not to receive President Goodluck Jonathan, during his planned visit to Ekiti State.
In a press release issued Monday, the government also denied that the governor had done so through a text message to the monarch.
Reacting to a report in a national newspaper, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Aderemi Ajayi, said Governor Fayemi did not send any message or give any directive to the Oba since the Governor is not even aware of any Presidential visit to the state.
Hon. Ajayi added that the Governor is not in the habit of meddling with the affairs of the Obas because he is a leader who has utmost respect for the Obaship institution.
“As the Chief Security Officer and the Chief Executive of the State, he is in a position to know when the President is officially visiting the State. However, if it is a private visit the matter will be between the President and the affected Oba.
“Furthermore, it is expected that if the President wants to visit a government institution like the Council of Traditional Rulers in the State, such arrangements must pass through the state Governor.”