Ekiti monarchs sue Governor Fayemi over appointment of chairman

Ekiti monarchs sue Governor Fayemi over appointment of chairman

- Sixteen traditional rulers, known as ‘Pelupelu Obas,’ have sued Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state

- The monarchs are asking the court to nullify Fayemi's appointment of Oba Adebanjo as chairman of the Ekiti State Traditional Council

- According to the traditional leaders, the appointment is a flagrant violation of the Ekiti state Chieftaincy Law

Some aggrieved members of the Ekiti State Traditional Council have instituted a suit against Governor Kayode Fayemi over the appointment of the Alawe of Alawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the chairman of the state traditional council of Obas.

The aggrieved monarchs called ‘Pelupelu Obas’ who are 16 in number are seeking the nullification of his choice of chairman of the council, Daily Trust reports.

Joined with Fayemi in the suit filed before an Ado-Ekiti high court, are the Attorney-General of Ekiti state, Wale Fapohunda and Oba Alabi.

The monarchs described Fayemi’s action in picking someone outside the circle of their 16 kings, called Alademerindinlogin’, to occupy the exalted seat as “a flagrant violation of the Ekiti state Chieftaincy Law.”

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Fayemi had on July 31, appointed Oba Alabi as the council chairman to serve for a period of two years, following the expiration of the tenure of the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju.

In the originating summon filed by Dr B. A. M. Ajibade on August 7, 2019 and deposed to by the Ajero of Ijero, Oba Joseph Adewole, on behalf of the other 15 kings, the claimants were seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining Fayemi from swearing in the Alawe as the council’s chairman.

According to the monarchs, they were the only valid authentic kings or traditional rulers under the classification of the ‘Alademerindinlogun’ qualified to be so appointed as the body’s chairman.

The aggrieved Obas, had in a letter dated August 2, 2019 asked Governor Fayemi to reverse his decision, saying a court had once struck out a suit filed by five kings, who were promoted to the Pelupelu, seeking recognition of that status.

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They said the promotion of Alawe, Olosi, Olojudo (Ido Ile), Arajaka and Oluyin to that Pelupelu rank by the government was an erosion of the tradition.

The monarchs who said they are opposed to the appointment, threatened not to attend the inauguration of Alawe as council chairman and any meeting of the council where he presides.

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We respectfully state that we would be creating a bad precedent to accept to sit under a chairmanship of the Alawe as it would amount to a disregard for the tradition on earth and a sin against our forefathers,” they maintained.

Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi signed eight bills into law as part of activities marking the end of the fifth Assembly in the state.

Legit.ng reported that the bills assented to include the Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency Law 2019, Ekiti state administration of civil justice Law 2019, and College of Agriculture and Technology Reenactment Law 2019.

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