Royal families in Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State have warned that the community could go to “war”, if a non-royal candidate is imposed as the monarch.
The placard-carrying royals, who are also known as Omo Owas, marched on the streets yesterday.
They called on Governor Ayo Fayose not to impose Jimi Adu as the monarch, insisting that he is not a member of any of the royal families.
They maintained that the purported selection of Adu by some kingmakers was unacceptable.
They urged Fayose to order a fresh selection process using the Ifa oracle.
Some of the placards read: “We want Fayose to call for fresh nomination”; “Adu is not a prince in Ikere”; “Ikere needs peace”; “No to Jimi Alagbado”; “No to imposition of Ogoga”, among others.
The Omo Owas, who are princes and princesses from Ogbenuote and Agabaola royal families, claimed that Adu hails from Okekere Quarters, which, according to them, had never produced a king.
The Ogoga royal stool became vacant on August 22 last year, following the demise of Oba Samuel Adegoke Adegboye, who reigned for 43 years.
Addressing reporters, Prince Francis Aladejobi said it was unheard of for somebody who is not from a royal family to be installed as king.
“Such would set a bad precedent not only in Ikere- Ekiti but also in Yoruba land.
“Adu is from Okekere, he cannot claim to be from any of the royal families.
“All the princes and princess in Ikere Kingdom know themselves and we will not allow any outsider to ‘gatecrash’.
“How can a person who is not a member of any of the royal families be imposed on us as the Ogoga?
“ Jimi Adu is not a member of any royal family, hence he is not eligible for selection and installation as the Ogoga.
“Adu is not a biological member of the Ogbenuote or Agabaola ruling houses. His purported selection was a flagrant debasement of tradition and the royal stool of Ogoga.”
Aladejebi advised the government “to do the needful” by commencing the process of selecting the Ogoga afresh to bring down the tension that had gripped the town.
The Olori Omo Owa (head of princes and princesses), Prince Adegboye Akapinsa, said it was wrong for Adu to claim he is from Ogbenuote and Alagbado ruling houses while also filing his intent to vie for the stool through the Agirilala dynasty.
He said: “We are begging Governor Fayose to prevent calamity in Ikere-Ekiti.
“There won’t be peace in a situation where a non-royal, somebody without royal blood, is installed as Ogoga.
“In his emergence, Ifa was not consulted apart from the fact that he does not belong to royalty.
“We challenge Adu to come out and point to his royal family in Ikere-Ekiti.
“We witnessed peaceful reign under the late Oba Adegboye, who was from Akaiyejo ruling house because the town wanted him.
“We all supported his nomination. Anything short of transparent selection is unacceptable to us.
“We want our governor to warn those fanning the embers of discord, those bent on imposing their preferred candidate not minding to beware.
“We don’t want war in Ikere because this desperate attempt will cause war in this town.”
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