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Babalola urged to wade into Ekiti monarchs’ leadership crisis


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The Atayero of Aramoko Ekiti, Olusegun Aderemi, has urged the founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to intervene in the leadership crisis rocking the state Council of Traditional Rulers for an amicable resolution.

The impasse followed the appointment of the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as chairman of the council for a period of two years by Governor Kayode Fayemi upon the expiration of tenure of office of the former occupant and Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju.

The decision, however, angered the 16 most prominent monarchs called ‘Pelupelu Obas’ who described the move to pick someone outside them that are also regarded as ‘Alademerindinlogin’ for the council’s chairmanship as a “flagrant violation” of the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law.

Consequently, they have headed for the court to seek nullification of the action in suit no, HAD/76/2019, where the governor is first defendant, while the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, and Oba Adebanji Alabi are second and third defendants.But reacting to the development yesterday, Aderemi, who is also the chairman and chief executive officer of Autofit, stressed that the traditional institution was sacred, warning: “We must be careful so that the crisis might not lead to anarchy in the Fountain of knowledge.”

He went on: “The Pelupelu Obas, as custodians of alternative dispute resolution, ought not to be fighting publicly not to talk of dragging themselves to court.“My advice to the monarchs is to stop further action, especially media interviews that could inflame passion and go back home to resolve their differences behind closed door.

“We must avoid politics when it comes to issues of traditional rulers. The monarchs must be seen to be non-partisan because of the sacredness of their position in the society.

“This matter must not be allowed to degenerate further, this is why I am appealing to prominent Ekiti sons, especially Chief Afe Babalola, to mediate in the matter.”Aderemi also pleaded with the Faemi administration to have a rethink in the interest of peace and development of the state.He counselled government to always consult widely on issues to avoid needless crisis.


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