OSUN STATE: Orolu LGA- Angered by an alleged plot to force a monarch on the community, the Indigenes of Ifon on Thursday, stormed the state secretariat, Abere to protest the planned imposition of a monarch, saying he is not the right candidate
The protesters marched in their numbers to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs carrying placards with inscriptions saying; “Don’t impose Moronfolu Ruling House on Us”, “Olufon stool is not for sale”, “Don’t impose on us Governor Adeleke”, “Allow us to decide our king” and Ifon stool is not Political” and so on.
They alleged that the government and some of its officials are planning to use outdated and skewed Chieftaincy Declarations to impose a new king on them, despite the fact that the 1979 Declarations have been used to select kings in the past. why is Ifon case different”
The protesters who were led by Prince Adegboyega Oyedeji from Odunolu Ruling House, who is alleged to be an heir to the throne, explained that, “the government acted on a declaration that had been outlawed by Justice Olowoofeku in suit number HOS/127/88 with said judgment yet to be appealed against till today.
“We the Ifon people are here to draw the attention of the peace-loving governor of the state, Ademola Adeleke, and other stakeholders in the evil being perpetrated by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matter through the collaboration of the Permanent Secretary and some officials from the Ministry of Justice because the last administration of Oyetola wrote us (Odunolu) to produce the next king based on 1979 Chieftaincy Declaration.
“Unfortunately, the Moronfolu ruling house challenged it in court that we should use the outlaw declaration and the matter is in court till now. Amidst the court tussle, the Osun government has written the same ruling house that challenged us in court. Government should allow the court to decide before acting.”
The State Commissioner for Information, Kolapo Alimi, on same issue , states:
“The letter issued was based on the information that they had settled out of court, but they should file a formal petition and I am confident that they Ifon people will receive justice.”
SOURCE: The Nation
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