There is confusion in Mahin, a riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State, over the planned installation of new Amapetu of Mahin.
The uproar in the riverine community was over the alleged exclusion of a lineage, the Osuma Royal House, from the selection process for the new monarch.
The first class stool became vacant following the death of Amapetu, Oba Lawrence Omowole, who died in September 2017.
There had been litigations and dispute over who occupies the throne among the ruling houses.
The Head and Secretary of Osuma Royal House, Chiefs Thompson Adepiti and Idowu Olayemi Saanumi, who addressed a news conference yesterday, said a crisis was brewing in the community over the plan by the state government to foist Prince Olusegun Akinyomi on the town.
Saanumi, who spoke on behalf of the royal lineage, said they would resist any plan by the local and state governments to exclude them from the throne of their forefathers.
According to him, the late Oba Omowole was from the Agoro Royal Lineage and it is the turn of Osuma Lineage to produce the next monarch.
He said: “We have two lineages in our Ruling House. The other side of the family produced the last Amapetu. It is now our turn to produce the next Amapetu of Mahin.
“When we file in our candidate, the state government, knowing full well we are two families, invited us. Unknown to us, the chairman of the panel belongs to the other side of the ruling house.
“In his report, the man favoured the Agoro Lineage. Osuma Lineage, which is the first son of Alagwe, was excluded in the contest for the Amapetu of Mahin stool.
“We the Osuma Royal Linage did not see the report of the local government. We the Osuma reject the nomination of Olusegun Akinyomi. We have submitted our protest to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Saanumi said the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice wrote to the families that he would not do anything that will violate the law.
But to their surprise, the State Executive Council said it has approved the appointment of Akinyomi despite the pendency of a suit challenging his nomination.
He said: “The Osuma Linage will never accept what the state government has done. What the government has done is capable of igniting crisis. We will resist any attempt to sideline our family from the stool that rightfully belongs to us.”
Commissioner for Information and Orientation Donald Ojogo said the allegation was misleading and mischievous.
According to him, the state government has no business in who becomes a traditional ruler of any community.
Ojogo said the approval given to the Amapetu followed due process, having been cleared of any legal and administrative encumbrance.