Osolo Stool: Kingmakers reject Deji of Akure appointed Chief, say only Regent can enter palace, perform Yam festival
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The tussle over who should occupy the throne of Osolo of Isolo community in Akure, the Ondo State capital is yet to be over two months after the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi allegedly imposed one Prince Edward Kolawole Adeewole as high chief Osolo of Isolo.
Trouble started in the highly volatile community when the Deji of Akure went against the state government directive that traditional rulers across the state should suspended appointment of minor chiefs within their domains pending the release of Government White Paper on Hon. Justice C.E.F Ajama Commission of Inquiry into Chieftaincy Matters.
In a letter signed by the secretary to the state government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, dated 27th April, 2017, directed all traditional rulers in the state to suspend appointment of minor Obas, Olus, Baales, Chiefs.
According to the letter, “At the state security council meeting held on Monday 17th of April, 2017, the state government was informed of the various chieftaincy and communal crisis that erupted in recent times upon the appointment of some minor Obas, Olus, Baales and Chiefs by some paramount rulers in the state.
“Government has considered the development and resolved that all such appointments should be suspended pending the release of Government White Paper on Hon. Justice C.E.F Ajama Commission of Inquiry into chieftaincy matters.
“All traditional rulers are, therefore, directed to suspend the appointment and removal of minor Chiefs, pending the release of the White Paper according.
“However, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi went against the state government directive by appointing a high chief to occupy the Osolo Stool on 4th of June, 2018, an action that has pitched the community against the monarch.
The Kingmakers in Isolo community on Sunday, after a council meeting sent strong words to the Akure monarch, warning him to stay clear of Isolo throne.
Spokesman for the Kingmakers and high chief Olusunla of Isolo, Hezekiah Babatunde, who addressed newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting said the Deji’s action was contrary to the state government directive and an abuse of court process since the matter is before the Supreme Court in a suit No: SC NO 267/2012 between the Deji of Akure as defendant and Iralepo of Isinkan and Osolo of Isolo as appellants in a case to determine the Obaship status of the two communities.
Other high Chiefs at the Sunday council meeting are; Chief Sao, Abiola Ogunjemilusi, Ibukun Adetoyinbo (Elemo), Adeleke Adeniyi (Obaseye), Chief Adidas (Aruwajoye) and Fagite Akosile (Agbaakin).
The spokesman stated that the stool of Osolo remain vacant in the eye of the law, adding that counsel to the appellants in the Supreme Court case, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has told the court in the last sitting on July 12, 2018 that the stool remain vacant until the appellate court make it pronouncements on the suit filed by both Iralepo of Isinkan and Osolo of Isolo to determine their true status as kings over their respective communities.
According to Babatunde, in the said suit before the Supreme Court, the Regent of Isolo, Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi is standing in as appellant representing Osolo, therefore being the traditional head so known and recognised by the court, and not only when the case is fully disposed of, that another Osolo can be enthroned.
“Therefore, we have resolved at today’s council meeting, as representatives of our people that only our Regent, Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi has the full rights and privileges to be addressed as the traditional head of Isolo community, and only her reserve the right and backing of the entire community to enter the palace and perform all traditional rites and festivals, including this year annual “Owayoko” Yam Festival, and contrary move or action will be strongly resisted.
“We’re using this medium to call on security agencies to maintain law and order within the Isolo community, before, during and after the Owayoko festival in other to avert communal clash and bridge of public peace.
“We, therefore, call on our Regent, Princess Adebusola Oluwatuyi to immediately resume and commence further activities at the Osolo palace in preparation to host this year Owayoko festival and other traditional rites as the traditional head of the community,’ Babatunde stated.