Forum of Iwo Princes has warned the Olupo of Oluponna, HRM Oba Oyebamiji Oyefeso against his proposed promotion of three Baales to the position of an Oba.
The princes said the move was without the authority of Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, TELU I, who is the only traditional consenting authority in Iwoland.
According to the letter, “We hereby call the attention of the Government, the State of Osun to halt the attempted breach of traditional protocol by Olupo before we, the princes of Iwo act the script of law against the monarch.
“To this effect, the princes, in entirety will not tolerate the upgrade of these Baales by any other person that the Oluwo of Iwoland.
“The princes further questioned the source and authenticity of the prescribed authority purportedly given to Olupo and call for immediate probe of such authority as it is the exclusive belonging of Oluwo in the land.”
The letter to the government added that ” It has come to the notice of the forum of Iwo princes that anytime this week, His Royal Highness, Oba Oyebamiji Oyefeso, the Olupo of Oluponna in Ayedire Local Government of the State of Osun will be elevating and installing 3 Baales to the position of part II Obas. The position of the forum is not against the plan, but what this forum will not tolerate is the crowning of these Baales by any other person than the Oluwo of Iwoland”
“Traditionally, morally and legally, the crowns in Iwoland belong to Oluwo and the sole commander of consenting authority in Iwoland.
“Hence, Oluwo of Iwoland is therefore the accredited paramount ruler who should perform the crowning or give instruction but was never consulted. Iwoland is the vast expanse of land which consists of all the lands in Iwo, Ayedire and Ola Oluwa Local Governments and all the chiefs and part II Obas are under the jurisdiction of the Oluwo of Iwoland, a first class paramount ruler in Osun State and only one with consenting authority in Iwoland.
“Furthermore, the forum of Iwo princes wishes to inform His Excellency that it remains in the dark as regards the source of the prescribed authority document purportedly confer on Olupo , the power to install chiefs and part II Obas in Iwoland without recourse to the authority of the Oluwo of Iwoland who hosted him and has the exclusive right to the prescribed authority document.
“The forum of Iwo princes will therefore be pleased and honoured if the state government could use its good office to ascertain the genuineness or otherwise of the prescribed authority document in possession of Oluponna as claimed.
“Also, that the state government should call Olupo to order and stop the proposed installation to give credit to the paramount authority in the land.”