By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
The royal rumble over who becomes the next Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, a community in Ekiti State, has deepened as aggrieved royal dynasties that were opposed to the emergence of one Jimi Adu as Ogoga-Elect yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Ikere-Ekiti, calling on Governor Ayodele Fayose to order fresh process to stop the fierce obaship tussle in the town.
The families described as needless the ongoing tussle over Ogoga, tagging the selection of Adu by some kingmakers as a flagrant breach of trust and tradition of the town.
The princes and princesses of Ogbenuote and Agabaola families, maintained that Adu’s emergence flies in the face of the State Chieftaincy law and tradition that places high premium on Ifa divination.
Consultation to select an Oba…
Briefing newsmen on behalf of the families, Chief Oladiimeji Adegboyega and Prince Francis Aladejebi maintained their earlier stand that Adu was not a biological member of either Ogbenuote or Agabaola ruling houses.
Some of the placards of the protesters read: “Ikere Ekiti Needs Peace’; ‘We want Fayose to Call For Fresh Nomination’; ‘No to Jimi Alagbado’; ‘No to Imposition of Ogoga’; among others.
Ogoga’s stool became vacant following the death of Oba Samuel Adegoke Adegboye, who reigned for 43 years, on August 22, 2014.
Specifically, Chief Adegboyega, who also doubles as the Akapesin of the royal families, said it was wrong for Adu to claim to be from Ogbenuote and Alagbado ruling houses, while also filing his intent for the Obaship seat through Agirilala dynasty.
He said: “We are begging our Governor, Ayodele Fayose to prevent calamity in Ikere Ekiti. There won’t be peace under a situation where a non-prince, somebody without royal blood in his system to be installed as Ogoga.
“In his emergence, Ifa was not consulted apart from the fact that he does not belong to royalty. We challenge Adu to come out and point to his royal family in Ikere Ekiti.
“We witnessed peaceful reign under the late Oba Adegboye, who was from Akaiyejo ruling house because the while town wanted him. We all supported his nomination. Anything short of transparent selection process is unacceptable to us.
“We want our governor to warn those fanning the ember of discord, those poised on imposing their preferred candidate not minding what would be the outcome to beware.
“We don’t want war in Ikere because this desperate attempt will cause war in this town”.
Aladejebi, who went down memory lane alleged that Adu, who hails from Oke Ikere cannot claim to be from the royal family, describing his selection as a flagrant debasement of the throne.
Protest over outage…
Meanwhile, in another development in Ikere, the youth in the early hours of Wednesday the last protested what they called incessant blackouts in the town, blocking all major roads.
The youth are adamant as vehicles movement standstill, as at the time of filling this report people were unable to get to their different destinations, therefore causing heavy traffic in the town.
They complained that some areas in the town, including Afao, Kajola and Oke Ikere, have been in darkness for up to two years.The outage according to them had paralysed both commercial and domestic activities in the town.
A resident, Mr. Ojo Alege, who spoke with WESTERN POST, clarified “the road blockage by the youth will send signals to the appropriate authority. Despite different complaints being lodged, the government has not given paid deaf ears to the situation.”
An okada rider named Agbalaja John, a resident of Ikoyi area of Ikere, said: “The situation is a great hazard to everybody living in the town, especially frozen food sellers.
“It is a kind of darkness that affects businesses and individual life, even some areas that have light in the town, it’s not regular,” John said.
He explained the situation had been the same since November 2013 with money demands from some officials in charge of electricity, which the residents always respond.
When the Deputy Governor Olusola Eleka visited the scene, he addressed the residents to be calm. He said: “All necessary things would be done to rectify the situation,” setting up on the spot a four- man committee to look into the issues and make useful recommendations.