By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The indigenous youths of Ore, in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, have called on Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the kingship tussle in the town before it gets out of hand.
At a press conference held in Akure, the state capital, the youth leader of the town, Prince Adeyemi Adebayo, said since the demise of the late monarch, Oba Johnson Olatomide, the council Chairperson, Mrs Tale Akinsuroju, had been playing politics with the throne.
The youth leader, with some other youths of the town, under the auspices of Ore Indigenous Youths, complained that the Council boss had been trying to lord over an unknown personality on the community as regent which, they insist is against the norms and tradition of the area.
They, therefore, called on the governor to call the council boss to order sọ as not to give room for a total showdown.
Meanwhile, the recognized person, who is also the next in rank to the late monarch, High Chief David Ijiniga, ought to be recognized and installed as the authentic regent, but the council boss has an interest in one Mr Sunday Sawoju, who is unknown and also not recognized by the chiefs.
According to Adebayo, the youth leader, “the next in rank to the traditional ruler becomes the Regent, the moment a king joins his ancestor. High Chief David Ijiniga is the Lisa and well recognized by all and sundry in the ancient town, he should be made the regent, not someone we don’t know nor recognize”.