The selection of Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo of the Osupa Ruling House as the new Deji of Akure in Ondo State was greeted on Monday with protest as some market women took to the streets, calling for the reinstatement of the deposed Deji of Akure, Oluwadare Adesina.
The protesters in their hundreds took off from the Akure City Hall and marched to the Governor’s office in Alagbaka area of the capital city, demanding that the installation of the new traditional ruler for the town should be halted to prevent instability in the town.
The protesters carrying placards stormed the Governor’s office as early as 8 am, chanting various songs against the new Deji-elect and the kingmakers.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “Mimiko: Bring back our Kabiyesi,” “Kole Aladetoyinbo is a bald headed man, he can’t become Deji,” “Iroko save Akure from Fasoranti, Falae, kingmakers,” among others.
One of the demonstrators, Mrs. Adero Adebayo, said Akure market women would not accept anybody except Adesina while another protester, Prince Dapo Adepoju, faulted the selection of new Deji when the deposed monarch was still alive, saying “this is against Akure culture and tradition and Akure kingmakers had violated the tradition.”
However, no government official was available to address the demonstrators at the Governor’s office at Alagbaka but the DPO in-charge of ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mr. Adekimi Ojo, appealed to them to return home, promising to deliver their message to the governor.\
In an interview, the spokesman of Akure kingmakers and Asamo of Akure, Chief Rotimi Olusanya, insisted that nothing could stop the installation process and performance of traditional rite for the new Deji.
Aladetoyinbo was selected as the new monarch of the town by the kingmakers on Sunday after the screening of about 13 Princes who jostled for the stool.