The Ibese Kingmakers has read a riot act to a group, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) over it’s petition to the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the Speaker of the House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, over the Obaship tussle in Ibeshe, Yewa North Local Government.
The group had petitioned the Governor and the Speaker, claiming some officials in the government were alleged to be working in connivance with certain individuals in the town to scuttle the primordial arrangement of kingship and pattern of ascendancy in the town by imposing a wrong candidate.
The group, led by one Comrade Sulaimon Suberu further said that the next ruling house, which is the Olokojobi ruling house had unanimously presented a suitable candidate according to the extant law and in line with the dictates of Ifa Oracle, in the person of
Idowu AbdulAzeez Adedimeji.
It further explained that the popular candidate was later changed unilaterally by the kingmakers and replaced with one Rotimi Mulero, which triggered protests and violent agitations in the town.
However in a swift reaction, the Chairman of Kingmakers, and Somofe of Ibese Land, Chief Tajudeen Aremu Adewuyi has debunked the report, saying the process that produced Prince Rotimi Mulero was democratic, void of imposition from any quarters.
Chief Adewuyi equally stated that the group in question is not known to Ibese town, neither is the leader.
“Ordinarily, we would not have responded to the report as it contained nothing but falsehood but to put the record straight, hence our response.
“For record purposes, it is the family that decides who they want to present to us either candidate or candidates. Our job as kingmakers is to formalized the process. But when they couldn’t come up with a consensus candidate, we as kingmakers had to vote on their shortlisted candidates.
“The family presented six of them, two withdrew. So, they were four who were officially nominated by their Ruling House on 30th January 2019 where the Local Government officials were there as observers. Their names are: Prince Alexander Idowu, Prince Shuaib Mustafa, Prince Rotimi Mulero, and Prince Azeez Idowu. There was nothing like a consensus candidate and I told them, step down for each other, go and settle this thing it’s a family matter.
“They went, but none of them could step down so they have to go and meet the Local Government Chairman. They called them for peace meeting again. It was when they couldn’t resolve it, that they wrote us as kingmakers to come and do our job on 25th of March 2019.
“We got there, and we did the right thing. We scrutinized, and went into voting where only one person can definitely emerge.
“They that are saying that it was a kangaroo election, they had one vote o!. Even the people who had no vote didn’t protest. So, there was no imposition whatsoever in the whole process.
“The declaration being peddled around is not particular to Ibese land alone. It is the declaration being used in the whole of YewaLand, which stipulated that candidate from either the male or female descendants is qualified for the stool in as much he is the most suitable.
If they don’t know they should get a copy from any of our neighbouring towns in Yewa land.
He however issued a stern warning to any group of people fanning the ember of petitions in the town to steer clear, and allow the state government concludes the process of installing a suitable king in Ibese land, and stop alleging the government officials falsely moreover the process was initiated by the past government administration, this government is only attending to what they met on their table.
He added that any disgruntled group has the privilege of approaching the law court for redress on any matter, instead of creating an atmosphere of ‘violence’, which according to him is alien to Ibese town.