#BounceExclusive: New Yam Festival Rite Triggers Kingship Tussle In Akure
Despite the occupancy of Edward Adewole on the throne of Isolo community in Akure, the kingship tussle in the land appears to be far from over.
Three months down the line, kingmakers in the town have refused to throw-in the towel and accept the candidacy and reign of Adewole.
They are still holding on tight to their opinion that he was unduly imposed on them by Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo.
Silent rebellion maybe brewing in the town over who performs the traditional rite for the new yam festival scheduled for September 13.
While kingmakers are presently working round the clock to prevent the incumbent Oba from performing the traditional rites, some chiefs are agitating for the enthronement of the former regent, Princess Adebusola Oluwatuyi.
"It will be sacrilegious to our land if Adewole performs the traditional rites for the new yam festival. This is a festival that is very dear to us and we cannot afford to water it down because of political manipulation of our throne and someone selfish interest", said Chief Rufus Ibidapo.
Also in his submission, Chief Biyi Akinsuyi said it is time for Adewole to know where he belongs as far as ascension to the throne is concerned.
"We've already told Adewole that he is only buying his time as Osolo and when the time comes, he will know where he belongs and now that time has come.
"Everybody has rejected him but he prefers to be an Oba without subjects. Deji of Akure can force him on the throne but cannot force him on us. The traditional process for selecting our Oba is clear and we are not going to deviate from it.
"So we won't allow him to perform the rites. We will bring back the princess till everything is resolved and appropriate person ascend the throne."
Princess Adebusola Oluwatuyi had been the regent of Isolo since the demise of the last monarch, Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi in 2014.
With rejection of Dare Idowu, who was believed to have been popularly chosen by the kingmakers and imposition of Edward Adewole by the Deji of Akure, notable chiefs in the town are claiming that the stool is still vacant which signifies impending trouble ahead of the new yam festival.
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