The battle that is currently going on in Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers does not look like ending anytime soon as the body, through its Chairman, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, wrote a letter to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, appealing to the governor to warn Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Ekiti monarchs.
The Alaafin of Oyo had on Thursday, wrote a 14-paragraph letter to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, stating his anger on the current hierarchical composition of traditional rulers in Ekiti State, which jettisoned the principle of seniority.
Some sections of the letter said, ”specifically, this is in respect of the composition of Council of Obas and Chiefs in the state. Let me start by saying that the sacrosanct of ‘Pelupelu’ that grades the 16 crowned Obas in Ekiti State is not in doubt. Suffice it to say Your Excellency, that in any human society and more so in Yoruba land, order of hierarchy and seniority are of vital consideration in position placement.
“It was therefore with total displeasure and indeed discomfort that we learned of Your Excellency’s neglect of hierarchical order by appointing a subordinate Oba as Chairman of Obas and Chiefs in the state over and above recognized order.”
Meanwhile, some aggrieved Obas in Ekiti State who felt shortchanged by the current composition have since taken the matter to court for redress. Notable among these monarchs is Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, the traditional ruler of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
Rumors filtered into the state capital on Tuesday, that the governor has perfected plans to dethrone about seven monarchs who opposed his choice of Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba AdebanjiAjibade Alabi as the Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers in the state, a statement Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode describe as baseless and fabricated lies from the opposition camp.
However, in a 13- paragraph reply letter signed by the chairman of the body made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the body accused Oyo Paramount Ruler, of undue interference, misrepresentation of facts and inaccurate accounts of events between the state government and Traditional Institution in Ekiti State.
The Ekiti monarchs also accused Oba Lamidi Adeyemi of sponsoring crises and controversies in Oyo State, whilst trying to export the same to Ekiti state.
The battle continues and we can only expect worse.