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Ooni mediates in Ekiti traditional council controversy

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, yesterday mediated in the crisis rocking the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers as he met with the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and some of the obas in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The meeting, which was held behind closed-doors at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, had in attendance a renowned historian and Second Republic senator, Prof. Banji Akintoye; 11 traditional rulers, including the current Chairman of the Ekiti State Traditional Council, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi; Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe; Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju; Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Adewole Adebayo, among others.

Fayemi, the Ooni and Prof. Akintoye had earlier met briefly before the main meeting with the obas.

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Fayemi described the parley with the traditional rulers as a “family meeting.”

But Oba Ogunwusi, while briefing journalists shortly after the meeting, assured Nigerians and Ekiti State people that the meeting succeeded in resolving the impasse that arose as a result of the traditional council chairmanship.

The monarch commended the governor for his efforts at ensuring that there was peace among the state traditional rulers by visiting the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III to explain his own side of the story.

Besides, he said the governor’s gesture was a honourable move that signified true leadership. He said that there was mutual respect and synergy between people in government and the traditional council, adding that obas are still upholding the heritage, culture and tradition the forefathers handed over to them several thousands years ago.

Also speaking with newsmen on behalf of other traditional rulers, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti and the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, said they had resolved to suspend all litigations arising from the chairmanship and related issues. The royal fathers stated that communication gap between them and government was responsible for the reason why the case was not resolved before now.

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