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  • Updated: March 09, 2024

Osun govt defends Obaship appointments causing fracas

Osun govt defends Obaship appointments causing fracas

Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke

The Osun State government has dismissed claims of violating law and tradition regarding the appointment of new kings, asserting that the appointments were carried out in accordance with tradition and chieftaincy laws.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Kolapo Alimi, allegations of misconduct, corruption, and abuse of power were deemed unfounded and baseless.

The statement highlighted the government's initiative to review activities of the immediate past administration, particularly concerning chieftaincy matters. One of the committees formed for this purpose reviewed activities from July 16 to November 26, 2022, holding public sessions and addressing various petitions. 

The resulting White Paper, after review by the State Executive Council, addressed several chieftaincy matters, including the stools of Aree of Iree, Akirun of Ikirun, and Owa of Igbajo.

Regarding the Aree of Iree stool, it was found that the past administration bypassed the town's kingmakers and utilised warrant chiefs to select an Oba for Iree.

The White Paper advised the Iree Kingmakers, who were in court over this matter, to withdraw their suit, ensuring they could fulfill their traditional duties. Prince Muritala Oyelakin was subsequently selected as the Aree of Iree, following due process.

Concerning the Akirun of Ikirun stool, all parties were advised to await the decision of the Court of Appeal regarding a suit filed by one of the ruling houses in Ikirun.

For the Owa of Igbajo stool, a fresh selection process was recommended to enable all eligible princes from the ruling house to participate.

However, when the Igbajo Kingmakers failed to hold their selection meeting, warrant kingmakers were appointed to perform their duty and select an Owa of Igbajo-elect.

The government emphasised that these actions were taken to rectify injustices perpetrated by the past administration and to fulfil the wishes of the majority of the affected communities for free and fair processes aligned with tradition and customs.

The state government, however, affirmed that it acted within the law and tradition and in the best interest of the affected towns' residents.

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