The removal of the recently enthroned Akirun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri, has been sought by 80 chiefs of the Ikirun community in Osun State, and the governor of that state, Adegboyega Oyetola, has been called to ensure fairness in the selection of a new king for the town.
The traditional chiefs, led by Chief Yakub Fabiyi, told reporters on Friday at the NUJ Press Centre in Osogbo that the Oba Akadiri was not legitimately elected and that the government’s acts in appointing and installing him were in violation of the ongoing legal proceedings.
According to him, “we want the current Akinrun removed because he was not properly elected. In Ikirun, we don’t choose a monarch through voting. The rites that the new Akirun must undertake were not done because he was illegally appointed or selected. The way he was appointed is offensive to the culture of Ikirun people. Oba cannot be installed in the same manner an ordinary chief will be installed.
“Oyetola has not appointed a monarch for us in Ikirun. There is a Chieftaincy Declaration that stipulates how the stool shall alternate among the ruling houses. There are three Ruling Houses namely: Obaara, Adedeji, and Gboleru.
“Adeyemi that reigned before the last monarch was from Obaara, the immediate past Olayiwole was from Adedeji, so Gboleru is next going by the Declaration and the families in Gboleru were having court cases within the Ruling House.”