By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The Royal Traditional Council of Ife has withdrawn the title of Maye of Ife bestowed on Dr Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin.
This was stated in a press release made available to pressmen at Ooni’s palace.
Dr Adedoyin is the founder of both Oduduwa University and The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The statement said there was a meeting of opinion leaders in Ile-Ife on 16th January, 2018 comprising the Ife Traditional Council, the representatives of Ife Development board, Ife Progressive Forum, Ife Central working committee that deliberated on the trending issue affecting the stool of Ooni of Ife, especially on the release of an ‘Ewi on Ooni’s sent in from UK which was captioned “Oba Awakusa” circulating discreetly within and outside the soil of Nigeria.”
The statement added that, “after exhaustive deliberations and investigation with the invitation of some close associates and cohorts of Dr. Ramon Adedoyin ‘Maye of Ife’ including One Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyere of Oyere, it was resolved as follows:
That Dr. Ramon Adedoyin is the financier and brain behind the release of the “Ewi” in circulation.”
“That the paramountcy of the stool of Ooni of Ife has been desecrated with this singular action among others done in the recent past.”
“That the Ooni if Ife and House of Oduduwa is the Chief custodian of land and Chieftaincy matters in Ife Kingdom both traditional and honourary titles.”
“That beyond reasonable doubt, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin and his cohorts like Oba Adeoye Adefarakan have committed offences of defaming the stool and character of Ooni of Ife, assault and the libelous release of the Ewi remains indelible and all these acts are Conduct likely to cause breach of peace.”
“That all the parties involved in the meeting passed vote of no confidence on Dr. Ramon Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyere of Oyere.”
“That the House of Oduduwa henceforth suspends the Chieftaincy title of Maye of Ife that was bestowed on Dr. Ramon Adedoyin until further notice.”
“That Dr. Ramon Adedoyin should not parade himself as “Maye of Ife” until he absolve himself of his disloyalty and betrayal to the stool of Ooni and House of Oduduwa.”
“That we implore all the sons and daughters of Ife to maintain peace and order in the nooks and crannies of Ile-Ife and its environs.”
The release was jointly signed by : Oba Idowu Adediwura, Obalufe of Ife and High Chief Abraham Adekola Adeyeye, Lowa of Ife.”
All others high chiefs were in attendance.
On the issue of Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyere of Oyere, the traditional Council said, as a traditional ruler; they would follow the normal process and procedure on him.
Oba Idowu Adediwura said, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, Ooni of Ife has visited Dr. Adedoyin three times once at home and twice at Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, but Adedoyin said he can never come to Ooni’s palace and prostrate.”
“Obalufe added that our great leader in the country, Chief (Dr.) Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo visited Ooni in his Palace, and prostated.”
I had a fruitful discussion with him in his house, yet, he said he can never come to the palace.
High Chief Abraham Adekola Adeyeye, Lowa of Ife said, Dr. Adedoyin was invited to the meeting of enlarged Ife after we got the person that did the Ewi for him, but he declined.
In his reaction Dr Adedoyin said that the council has no power to suspend him as the title bestow on him was honorary and not traditional by the late Ooni Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
Dr Adedoyin said that he maintained a cordial relationship with Oba Adeyeye the incumbent Ooni of Ife.