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Ekiti House warns Olukere over obaship quest

By Muyiwa Adeyemi, Ado Ekiti
24 February 2016   |   5:49 am
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has admonished the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Chief Ganiyu Obasoyin, to be decorous in his pursuit of the status of his chieftaincy title, so as not to undermine the peace currently reining in the state. According to a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Chief Olugboyega Aribisogan, the…

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly has admonished the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Chief Ganiyu Obasoyin, to be decorous in his pursuit of the status of his chieftaincy title, so as not to undermine the peace currently reining in the state.

According to a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Chief Olugboyega Aribisogan, the House also lauded the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, over the proactive measures he had taken to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in the state, while also frowning at the mode of prosecution of suspects with veiled witnesses by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

These were part of the resolutions of the House under matters of urgent public importance at the plenary presided over by the speaker, Pastor Kola Oluwawole.

According to the statement, the Leader of Business, Akinyele Olatunji, raised the matter that sometime last week, the Olukere came to this House of Assembly with a petition seeking for recognition as a traditional ruler (oba) as well as a staff of office.

“It is unfortunate that this Olukere that is seeking recognition from Ekiti State Government is still going here and there to embarrass this present government.

“He should stop parading himself as an Oba. He has to wait for his petition to be heard. According to history and as represented by the Morgan Commission, no Olukere has been confirmed as an oba by any Ekiti State Government. The only recognised Oba in Ikere-Ekiti is the Ogoga,” he submitted.

In his contribution, Akinleye Ekundayo said that “the petitioner should not allow anybody to push him.”

Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Dr Babajide Omotoso, said; “for anyone to be called an Oba, the history and records must be able to tell.”

He condemned the way the petitioner presented himself when he came with his petition and warned that anyone who wished to come to the House with a petition should comport themselves and desist from storming the House with drummers, singing and dancing.

The House, however, said it was ready to listen to all petitioners, while advising Chief Obasoyin to tender unreserved apology to the Ekiti State Government.

He was also advised to allow the prevailing peace in the ancient town to continue, since the Ogoga is the only recognised oba in the town at present.

The Speaker, Pastor Oluwawole, said the state was enjoying peace and tranquility at the moment, adding that the peace ought to be maintained.

He challenged the chief to ensure maintenance of peace in the community.

“This is a House with high sense of decency. Anyone that wants to submit petition should do it with an equally high sense of decency; not with drumming and dancing. This place is not a fanfare venue. This House is not opposing any petition. But they have to be brought within ambit of the law, under an atmosphere of peace. That is when we can serve and perform our duties.

“Olukere should maintain peace in that community. Ogoga is the only recognised Oba by Ekiti State government right now,” the Speaker said.

Also, Akinyele commended the prompt and timely intervention of the state government at curtailing further spread of the deadly Lassa disease.