Kingmakers sack Ondo monarch, ask regent to take over

Traditional kingmakers in Isolo, an autonomous community in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday barred Osolo of Isolo, Oba Edward Adewole from carrying out traditional duty on New Year festival according to the tradition of the people. The kingmakers including Chief Abiola Ogunjemilusi (Sao), Ibukun Adetoyinbo (Elemo), Adeleke Adeniyi (Obaseye), Chief Adidas (Aruwajoye) and Fagite Akosile (Agbaakin) directed Regent, Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi to resume duty as the traditional head of Isolo community with a view to performing the necessary customs and traditions.

Their spokesman, Chief Olusunla of Isolo, Hezekiah Babatunde, who addressed newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting said the stool of Osolo of Isolo was still vacant contrary to the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi’s position, who had recognized Adewole as the monarch of the community. Babatunde said the Deji’s action in recognizing Oba Adewole as Osolo was contrary to the state governmen’s directive and an abuse of court process since the matter was 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 to determine the Obaship status of the two communities.

He said: “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 reserves 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.

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