By Charles Akinbode
Selection of Prince Yunusa Olalekan Akadiri of Obaara Ruling House as the Akirun-elect has continued to generate tension in the Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
A group of protesters, including the youths alleged that the selection process that produced Akadiri was undemocratic, therefore, calling on the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, to intervene and reverse the process.
Leading the group, Oluwafemi Olawale from Obaara Ruling House, who spoke with journalists in Osogbo on Wednesday, said the process that produced the Akirun-elect should be declared null and void.
Insisting that the process was faulty, Olawale asked the state the government to set up a panel to investigate the process and verify various claims of all involved parties.
He also said it was important that the government should follow the Chiefs Law duly and appoint an acceptable monarch for the town.
He, therefore, appealed to the state government to wait for the court’s ruling on the matter and not to go ahead with the planned installation of the Akirun-elect.
Olawale said: “We feel that the purported selection process of the new Akirun which according to the Eesa of Ikirun, Chief Lawal Adetoyese Kareem, is faulty. This is so because the Eesa who doubles as the Head of the Kingmakers was unable to reach his colleagues 72 hours prior to the purported selection. He also claimed that they usually meet on daily basis to make decisions on how to govern the town and the way forward but they were unavailable two days to the purported selection process.
“As Concerned Ikirun Youths, we believe the act is undemocratic and negates the due procedures of selecting who fills the vacant stool. In addition, the mood of ikirun people does not favour the person that was allegedly selected. It should therefore be noted that we know Mr. Governor for his humility and forthrightness and as someone who will not allow anyone to tarnish his image which everybody in our town and the entire state admires him for.
“The residents of Ikirun plead with Mr. Governor to intervene on this matter so as to sustain the peace and order enjoyed in the town and the state at large.”
Meanwhile, one of the Ikirun kingmakers, Chief Bamidele Onifade, the Elemo Aga of Ikirun, said the selection of Akadiri followed due process.
Onifade maintained that Akadiri was picked after due consultation with the Ifa Oracle, saying “his selection was done in line with the culture and established chieftaincy declaration in Ikirun.”
Speaking on a radio programme monitored in Osogbo, he said: “We the kingmakers consulted Ifa Oracle and the name of Prince Yunus Olalekan Akadiri kept coming out everywhere we went.
“The selection process was in line with the chiefs’ law of the state. Selection of Akadiri was as a result of the judgment of an Osun State High Court delivered by Justice Jide Falola.
“The court ordered the kingmakers to select a new traditional ruler from the ruling house next to the Gboleru Ruling House, which is Obaara Ruling House when Gboleru could not present a candidate for the vacant stool of Akinrun of Ikirun.
“Out of the seven kingmakers in the town, six voted for Akadiri, while one person voted for another candidate, who is also from the Obaara Ruling House.
“So, contrary to insinuation that the selection of Akadiri caused a crisis in the town, the people of the town welcomed the development with open hands.
“Rumour of crisis in the ancient town was the handiwork of one of the traditional chiefs, who has an interest in one of the candidates that is also contesting for the vacant Akinrun stool.”