- 12 out 14 kingmakers in Iwo insisted on the removal Oba Akanbi
- The kingmakers said the monarch has brought the ancient town to ridicule
- Chief Yekeen Bello, the Osa of Iwo said the decision to remove Oba Akanbi was unanimous
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The plot to sack the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, took another twist on Sunday, September 27, as 12 out of 14 kingmakers in the ancient city insisted that the monarch must be dethroned.
Daily Trust reports that the Osa of Iwo, Chief Yekeen Bello, said only one kingmaker in Iwo did not support a plot to remove the Oba Akanbi.
Legit.ng gathered that Bello stressed that it was a unanimous decision of the Iwo kingmakers to sack the king.
He said out of 14 kingmakers in the town, 12 signed the petition, one is dead and that one did not participate in the process.
“We, the kingmakers in Iwo were not happy with what Oba Akanbi was doing and the bad news about him. We went to him and discussed with him but no change. This step became necessary at this point. It was our unanimous decision. That was why we sent the petition to the Governor, Gboyega Oyetola to remove him.
Reacting to his proposed removal, Oba Akanbi in a statement by his chief press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, said one of the contenders who contested for the stool with him was plotting his removal.
He said it was an attempt to derail him from the glory his reign has credited to the ancient stool of Iwo.
Oba Akanbi said:
“It’s a conspiracy of a detractor who has been fighting so hard to become Oluwo of Iwo. The detractors, many times, attempted to discredit Oba me but they failed.
“The recent was to divide the kingmakers but it is dead on arrival. Our achievements have endeared us to Iwo people, more. You can’t run down what your children may benefit from in the future.
“Iwo is secured economically, security wise. The religious atmosphere, traditional and political deals are peaceful here. Iwo has never had it so good like this traditionally.”
"The traditional system is not parliamentary. Oluwo will keep serving humanity. Nothing will discourage good work. Together we can achieve better. Detractors romancing my Chiefs should continue wasting their time.
The newspaper also noted that the indigenes including market women, artisans, youths and other residents of Iwo said they love the monarch and rained curses on the kingmakers.
It stressed that the indigenes during a peaceful protest in Iwo declared their support for their traditional ruler, saying that there was a positive development in the town in his time.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oba Akanbi described himself as the King ever liveth."
It was reported that the monarch made the declaration in what seems like a response to the call for his dethronement by some kingmakers in Iwo, a major town in the western part of Nigeria.
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