Motorists stranded as Ekiti community demands appointment of new monarch
Vehicular movement was affected yesterday, as people of Iworoko-Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State, took to the streets to demand the appointment of a new traditional ruler for the community.
The peaceful demonstration left motorists going to Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, stranded for several hours.
The stool of Alaworoko of Iworoko-Ekiti became vacant following the death of Oba Michael Olufemi Aladejana on January 16, 2020.
The people comprising youths and the aged displaying placards with different inscriptions expressed regret over the delay in the appointment of the new monarch, which they said was having adverse effects on the community.
Some of the placards read, ‘All we are saying is give us our king’; ‘No to a court case, we need our Oba’; ‘Iworoko-Ekiti appreciate the state government in the selection process among others.
According to the protesters, the community has witnessed an increase in the death of youths and a lack of meaningful progress, due to the absence of a traditional ruler.
They accused one of the lineages within the ruling house of frustrating the appointment of a new monarch due to the lingering court cases.
They handed the affected family a 14-day ultimatum to withdraw the suit to guarantee peace in the community.
Addressing newsmen during the protest at the market square, the youth leader, Emmanuel Ogunturoti said efforts by the leaders in the community to prevail on the family to discontinue the lawsuit have been constantly ignored.
He lauded the roles being played by the state government to ensure peace and fairness reign supreme in the selection process but urged the government to prevail on the aggrieved family to drop the suit so as to avert the breakdown of law and order in the community.
He warned that no single family can lord itself over other ruling lineages who want peace to reign in Iworoko town.