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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Protest in Osun As Owa Igbajo Refuses To Vacate Stool

Some ruling houses in Igbajo community, Boluwaduro Local Council of Osun State, have staged a peaceful protest against the continuous stay of Owa of Igbajoland, Oba Adegboyega Famodun, in the community’s palace despite an order of the state government.

The aggrieved ruling houses, including Loye Oke Odo, Aworoosun, Nigemo, Omokan, and Baba Owa, all of the Owa-Oke Ode side, among others, stormed the Igbajo palace in protest, insisting that the incumbent monarch was imposed on the town by the immediate past administration of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and that Famodun’s continuous stay in the palace was negatively affecting the peace and progress of the town.

The protesting royal families, with placards bearing different inscriptions pointing to alleged illegality and lack of due process in the selection of Famodun, asked the monarch to vacate the palace in compliance with an Executive Order 5 made by the state governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Monday, November 28, 2022.

The protesters said that they decided to remain peaceful and insisted that Famodun was illegally imposed on the community despite a pending suit on the Igbajo stool.

One of the aggrieved princes, Adeyemi Ajakaye, from Oyiigi Ruling House, while addressing journalists during the demonstration, said: “We are all from Omo Owa Oke. We are not in support of the imposition of Adegboyega Famodun as the Owa of Igbajo. We don’t want him. Our forebears believed in equity, justice and fairness whereby none of the ruling houses should be marginalized or cheated in the selection and installation of a king.”

Also speaking, Prince Adeyinka Ademola from Omokan Ruling House, said: “We do not support the imposition of Adegboyega Famodun as king in Igbajo. We are law-abiding citizens and we don’t want chaos in our town. Adegboyega is not our king.”

Similarly, in his own remarks, Prince Babatunde Dada from Nigemo Ruling House bemoaned the continuous stay of Famodun at the palace despite the step-aside order by the governor, asking the monarch to desist from parading himself as Owa of Igbajo.

Dada said: “We are not pleased with what has happened. We are three zones and two zones had enjoyed the throne, remaining one zone, which is Loye Oke Odo Ruling House. The ruling house should be allowed to produce the next Owa.”

Culled from Guardian

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