Tension as monarch spurns Deji of Akure’s suspension order

By Samuel Faleye, Akure

Asinigbo of Isinigbo community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state, Oba Samuel Elewuju, yesterday said the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade-Aladelusi, has no authority to suspend him as the traditional ruler of the community.

Oba Aladetoyinbo had in a letter dated September 9, 2016, suspended the traditional ruler of Isinigbo from office.

The Asinigbo was alleged to have conducted himself in a manner that brought disrepute to the traditional institution.

Elewuju was also accused of dishonouring invitation of the committees set up to investigate the allegations preferred against him by the Ayetoro community.

According to a copy of the suspension letter sent to the embattled monarch reads, “All these your actions have brought contempt and disrespect to His Imperial Majesty, Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Land.

“Consequently, you are hereby suspended and you are also stopped to parade yourself as the Olu of Isinigbo forthwith. I am to add that this suspension is with immediate effect.

“A copy of this letter shall be sent to His Royal Majesty, Oba Oluwadare Agunbiade, the Oloba of Oba-Ile, who shall direct that your stipend be stopped forthwith.

“A copy of this letter shall also be sent to the chairman, Council of Olus, Akure North Local Government Area, to declare your seat vacant for your deviant attitude to the revered institution of the Deji of Akure Land,” Oba Aladetoyinbo wrote in the letter.

But in his reply to the Deji’s letter, Oba Elewuju claimed he was not under the authority of the Akure monarch, saying the suspension order had no effect on him.

The reply, written by Adeleye Rotimi on behalf of the 100-year-old traditional ruler, said: “As you may know Sir, I am an Oba just as you are and under the supervision of the Akure North Local Government.

“My authority as an Oba is over Isinigbo and the people therein. I also have chiefs from different quarters of Isinigbo who assist me in the smooth administration of the good people of Isinigbo.

“In view of the above, please note that I am not under your authority as I am not within the Akure City. Hence, I hereby state that your letter of September 9, 2016 is of no effect on me. My suspension is therefore null and void and of no effect.”

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