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Don’t set Ifon Orolu on fire with back-door appointment of Olufon – Gov Adeleke

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Odunolu ruling house of Oluronbi Compound, Ifon Osun in Orolu local government area has alerted the public, government and the relevant stakeholders in the Olufon chieftaincy matters on the purported letter written to Olaojo family which does not exit in law.

A statement signed by the trio of Prince Ahmed Adeyeye Olayode, Prince Wasiu Siyanbola and Prince Sulaiman Oyedotun, on behalf of the Odunolu ruling house says, “We believed in the government of His excellency, Gov Ademola Adeleke that he cannot go against the rule of law as that was the instrument that gave him his mandate after the supreme court judgement and he will not allow himself to be used to set Ifon Osun on fire.

“We are appealing to the government of Osun and all stakeholders in the Olufon stool to disregard a purported call for nomination of candidate(s) to fill the vacant Olufon stool from a non-existing Laojo ruling house and the use of a court to dismiss the 1988 Olufon chieftaincy declaration made by Jide Akinlaja Akinyooye and his co-travellers, a self acclaimed leader of concerned princes of Orolu kingdom.

It would be recalled that the 1988 Olufon chieftaincy declaration which was made during the period of interregnum was set aside by his lordship, Hon justice Olowoofoyeku of Osun State high court Osogbo in suit no Hos/127/88 between Bello Akintola Olagunju and 8 others and the government of Osun and 11 others wherein his lordship declared that the 1988 chieftaincy declaration was improperly made. Not minding the dismissal of other reliefs sought by the plaintiffs, the court also declared that the 1979 amended Olufon chieftaincy declaration which recognises five independent ruling houses is the subsisting instrument guiding the appointment of Olufon.

The royal family then call on the state government of osun to borrow a leaf from the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who stood its ground against all odds to respect the court decisions and used the 1979 chieftaincy declaration to appoint the immediate past Olufon, Oba Almaroof Magbagbeola from Olumoyero ruling house.

The family also called on the leadership of IPU to be weary of antics of its former national publicity secretary, Jide Akinlaja Akinyooye on his acclaimed sensitisation drive on Obaship matters which is a calculated attempt to mislead and distort the rich Orolu history and create unnecessary confusions.

The statement further said: “We believed in this current administration that they cannot abandon the ongoing court process on HOS/104/2020 & HOS/111/2021 respectively.

We join a genuine call to expedite actions on the filling of the Olufon vacant stool, and equally appeal to the state government to respect the ongoing court process and allow the kingmakers to perform their traditional duties without any interference,” the rulling house explained.

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