Kingship Crisis: Monarch Threatens To Drag Aregbesola To Court
With just a few days to the end of his tenure as Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola has incurred the wrath of one of the traditional rulers in the state.
This follows attempts by the governor to install a village head, Sunday Akinwale as the King of Eko Ajala, in Ifelodun Local Government area.
The Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Abdul Raufu Olaniyan Ajiboye, in whose jurisdiction the village is situated in a protest letter sent to our correspondent on Tuesday accused the outgoing governor of commencing the process against a court ruling.
The monarch stated that the governor and state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs are making surreptitious moves to take away the rights of his people by elevating the status of Akinwale without their consent and against ruling of the court of competent jurisdiction.
An Osun High Court had granted interim injunction restraining the state government from elevating, installing or presenting staff of office to Akinwale as recognized king.
Ajiboye had in the suit argued that they were the owners of the land occupied by Baale of Eko Ajala, Sunday Akinwale.
He further stated in the suit that it was out of magnanimity that they granted land to Akinwale’s forebears to dwell and also engage in subsistence farming on the land.
According to an attached copy of the court ruling, an Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun, which was presided over by Hon. Justice Olajide Falola in a ruling delivered on November 8th, 2018 had retrained the state government from installing or elevating Akinwale to a full blown king.
Ajiboye threatened to dragged the state government to court for contempt if it goes ahead with the installation.
The installation and presentation of staff of office were initially planned for this week but was postponed to a further date.
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Local Govt and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alimi Kalapo refused to comment on the matter.
He did not pick his calls and failed to respond to text messages.
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