By Ademola Atobaba in Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose has finally put a seal to the appointment of Adejimi Adu as the new Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti by the kingmakers of the town.
This has put paid to the controversy trailing the appointment. Governor Fayose had said he would install a new Ogoga within the next few days. But he performed the ceremony on Monday.
The picture shows the governor presenting installation certificate to the new Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Adejimi Adu (left) while his wife, Funmilola Ololade (middle) watches. Theceremony was held at Ikere Ekiti on Monday.
Security was beefed up in Ikere-Ekiti, as Governor Fayosepresented paraphernalia of office to the new Ogoga.
The town had been embroiled in crisis over the selection of Adu from the Ogbenuote Ruling House to occupy the first class traditional stool, which did not go down well with some princes from the royal houses.
The stool became vacant following the death of Oba Samuel Adegboye of the Akaiyejo Ruling House on August 22, 2014.
Adu contested with a renowned journalist with African Independent Television, Mr. Gbenga Aruleba, among others.
Early in the morning, soldiers and anti-riot policemen were stationed in strategic positions in the town, sequel to Fayoses broadcast that the new Oba would receive his instrument and staff of office at 2 pm on Monday.
Presenting the instruments to the new Ogoga, Fayose said the government strictly followed due process of the law in arriving at Adus choice.
Adu was adopted by 10 out of the 15 kingmakers in the town going by the election conducted at the Governors Office on Saturday, as part of the efforts to douse the raging tension in the town.
This presentation comes up today after painstakingly considered all that were necessary to be done. I have severally called the stakeholders together to discuss the issue, particularly the crisis the selection of Prince Adu had generated.
I will rather prefer do those things that would add values to Ikere-Ekiti, the second largest town in the state, rather than doing those things that would promote crisis or add to the peoples burden.
I want to state here that I have no candidate in the selection. The moment there is election, one person must surely win. But this is not the end of the whole journey, whoever feels aggrieved can go to court to seek redress. It was just like my case in the governorship election.
After winning the governorship election, my opponent congratulated me and later went to court, where I was pronounced the authentic governor. So, going to court may even be a blessing in disguise, he said.
He, however, urged the new monarch to be magnanimous in victory, advising him to reach out to the aggrieved parties for lasting peace in the town and for his reign to be blissful.
Dont see your opponents as enemies. I want you to reach out to them. It is from this rare show of humility that the God will elevate you.
“But I want to believe that if what we are doing today is of the God, it will stand the test of time, Fayose said.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Adu lamented the fierce battle that had always accompanied ascendancy onto traditional thrones in Yorubaland in recent time, describing the scenario as very unfortunate.
Let me commend the kingmakers for their thoroughness and transparency in the selection process. This will make the process of reconciliation very easy.
I want to say sincerely that I am committed to the service of Ikere Community. I will pursue the unity of the town with sincere heart because I know that there cant be progress where there is no unity, he said.