By Yemi Akintomide
Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, the Deji of Akure Kingdom, on Friday appointed High Chief Adeyeye Henry Gbenga as the new Iralepo of Isikan in Ondo state’s Akure South local government area.
This is coming bearly a day after seven out of fourteen kingmakers of Isinkan elected Prince Olugbenga Ojo as the new Iralepo of Isikan, at a selection process on Thursday, witnessed by the secretary to Akure South council area, Gbenga Fasua.
In a sharp turned around of event on Friday, the Deji of Akure, represented by one of his chiefs, the Elemo of Akure, Adedipe announced the appointment of Gbenga Adeyeye as the new Iralepo-elect at the palace courtyard, in the present of some members of Deji-in-Council.
While presenting High Chief Adeyeye Henry Gbenga to Akure Community as the new Quarter Chief of Isikan, Oba Aladetoyinbo denounced by election of Olugbenga Ojo as Iralepo-elect discribing the exercise “as a farce and illegal”.
The Monarch stated that the purported selection of Prince Ojo was null and invalid in the eyes of the realm.
Oba Aladetoyinbo, who presented the new iralepo to newsmen at his palace, said he had authorized Adeyeye Henry Gbenga’s appointment on October 4, 2021.
The Deji said the new iralepo’s appointment was based on favorable consideration and the unanimous decision of the Aruwolasi Iralepo family of Isikan in Akure, who was represented by senior high chief Segun Adedipe, the elemo of Akure Kingdom.
His said; “It is my pleasure to welcome you to this important media briefing on the presentation of High Chief Adeyeye Henry Gbenga as the new Iralepo of Isikan in Akure South Local Government.
“It is important to re-emphasize that the late Iralepo of Isikan was a Quarter Chief and an active member of the Deji in-council until his death following the approval of his inclusion alongside the Osolo of Isolo, High Chief Edward Adejoyegbe Adewole by the Deji of Akure on 8th June, 2020.
“It is pertinent to clarify that the new Iralepo of Isikan is being installed as a Quarter Chief and the Head of Isikan Community in Akure and not a Traditional Ruler.
“You might have heard of the rumor flying around on the purported nomination of an Iralepo other than the one appointed by His Imperial Majesty who is empowered both traditionally and legally to make such appointment.
“The Palace wishes to urge you and the general public to disregard the move by some individuals who wants to make it look as if there is crisis.
“It is a mere joke taken too far as it has no place in the eyes of the law. It can only exist within the figment of the imagination of those behind such moves.
“With all sense of modesty, there is no ambiguity on the status of the Iralepo of ISIkan and Osolo of Isolo in Akure as the Court of Appeal in his judgment dated 6th March, 2012 with the suit case CA/B/ 129/2005 had laid it to rest.
“In the lead judgment of Justice Chinwe Eugenia Iyizoba, he affirmed that “they cannot be granted a status of an Oba without the sanction of the Deji of Akure Kingdom”.
“Justice Kudirat Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun and Justice Moore A.A Adumein also affirmed same.
“Gentlemen, we also briefed you when the supreme court made a pronouncement on this matter in a unanimous judgment made on 28‘h June, 2019 which affirmed the position of the Appeal Court.
“It is pertinent to state that the Deji despite all the Judgments remains magnanimous in victory and had since extends the olive branch as a father to all.
“We wish to state emphatically without any iota of contradictions that there is no crisis on the installation of new Iralepo of Isikan as the Deji remains the only appointing and consenting authority for the appointment of Minor Chiefs, Olus, Baales and Olojas in all Akure Land.
“The appointment of the new Iralepo of Isikan therefore remains the prerogative of the Deji as no other person or institution(s) could exercise such either directly or through proxies.
“His Imperial Majesty congratulate the good peeple of Isikan and wishes the new Iralepo of Isikan good health and God’s guidance as he steers the affairs of the Isikan Community.”
At the selection process held inside St. Thomases Event Center on Thursday, October 21, 2021 Prince Ojo was selected ahead of 4 other princes, including Gbenga Adeyeye.
It was gathered that Secretary to Akure south local government, Hon. Gbenga Fasua led local government officials to conduct the selection while 12 Kingmakers participated in the selection exercise.
Prince Gbenga Ojo emerged the Iralepo-elect with 7 votes to defeat Prince Gbenga Henry Adeyeye who scored 4 votes, Prince Ademola Adekanbi Obe Nil, Prince Michael Ajibola Obadunjoye Awelewa 1 and Prince Babatope Ojo had Nil.