Ondo state government says it has no plans to install another Alale of Akungba Akoko.
There was tension in the community last week following a rumour that the state government would give staff of office to a claimant to the throne of Alale, Prince Isiaka Oseni as the new monarch, despite the suit at the Supreme Court and the existence of a ruling monarch, Oba Sunday Adeyeye Ajimoh.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi who made the clarification in Akure said he was “not aware of any plan to install any Oba in Akungba-Akoko.
Olowolabi said that “I am not aware of the plan by government to install an Oba. The governor is a Senior Advocate. Our government is law abiding and would not do anything to jeopardize the rule of law.
” The government does not install an Oba. It is the people that install their Oba. Since the case is in court, the government will follow the due process.” Olowolabi said
It would be recalled that Oseni was installed as a parallel monarch by some kingmakers following a judgment by an Ikare High Court and Court of Appeal in Akure that recognized his Agure-Mokun family as part of Ole Ruling House eligible to produce the Alale of Akungba.
Meanwhile, Oba Ajimo has dispelled the rumour about the installation of Prince Oseni saying that the government is lawful and would not subvert the rule of law.
Oba Ajimo in a statement directed the people of the town to go about their lawful businesses saying there was no iota of truth in the plan by the government to install another monarch in the town.
Recently, the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure dismissed a stay of execution application and other motions filed against the earlier judgement of the court that recognized Agure-Mokun lineage as part of ruling families entitled to the Alale stool.
Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu-led appeal court three man panel while ruling on the applications to review the Court’s judgments held that “since the case had been appealed at the Supreme Court, parties had abused court process by bringing same back to the appellate court.
The Alale stool which became vacant when late Oba Adekanye Omosowon joined his ancestors in December, 2003, had attracted litigations from Ajimoh lineage of Ole ruling family who challenged the selection of Prince Oseni Adu from Agure-Mokun lineage by the town’s kingmakers.