Oyetola, kingmakers, others dragged to Osun High Court over Awo chieftaincy tussle

Posted by News Express | 8 January 2021 | 291 times

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A member of Abioye ruling house in Awo, Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, Mr.  Ibrahim Yisa Ijadunola Abioye, has warned the State Governor, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, the two living kingmakers, the Balogun and Jagun of Awoland respectively and other concerned members of the State Executive Council, against the purported plan to appoint one Mr. Taiwo Adegboye as the new Alawo of Awo by the Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rasaq Adeosun on behalf of the State Government.

The two living kingmakers of the ancient town had earlier declared that they were not aware of any purported selection process by the State Government through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeosun.

But, according to the Chieftaincy Declaration on Alawo of Awo, four ruling houses, namely Awojobi, Akinsilo, Abioye and Okunji, are entitled to the throne on order of rotation, while seven royal families belong to the Abioye ruling house and they included, Adegboye, Shittu Eruobodo, Adetoyi, Gboyelade, Adeniyi, Olawuyi and Adesola/Aremu.

Awo, which is the headquarters of Egbedore Local Government Area of the state, lost its traditional ruler, Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo from Akinsilo Ruling House, on June 24, 2020. Since then, controversy has surrounded the appointment of new monarch for the ancient town with litigations and counter litigations.

Approaching the State High Court to express his grievances on the alleged purported plan to install Taiwo Adegboye as new Alawo through the backdoor by Mr. Adeosun, Ijadunola Abioye in a suit No: HED/31/2020, challenged Governor Oyetola, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Egbedore Local Government area, Awo, the remaining two living kingmakers, Chief Dauda Babalola and Chief Saka Adesola, the Balogun and Jagun of Awoland respectively and Taiwo Adegboye.

The plaintiff, through his Counsel, Alhaji Sikiru Adewale, requested two prayers from the Court; to give an order that a bonafide member of the Plaintiff is entitled to be installed as the next Alawo of Awo in Egbedore Local Government area of Osun State and order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st to 6th defendants, their servants, agents and/or privies from installing the 7th defendant (Taiwo Adegboye) as the next Alawo of Awo in Egbedore Local Government area of Osun State.

And the case has been adjourned to January 21, 2020 for hearing.


Source: News Express

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