THE leaders and indigenes of Imesi-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State have accused the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Paul Omotosho, of complicity in the obaship tussle in the community.
The town alleged that Omotosho, an indigene of the town, wanted his preferred candidate, who is a member of the APC, to occupy the vacant stool.
They made the allegations yesterday in a statement co-signed by and made available to reporters in Ado-Ekiti by the Head, Agunsoye Ruling House, Prince Adu Fasunlade and Secretary, Prince Sesan Aladesanmi.
They stressed that Omotosho was using his influence in the government to sabotage the selection processes, noting that the efforts of the kingmakers to install a new monarch were being frustrated “by his antics.”
The leaders and indigenes accused the APC chairman of working in cahoots with some top hierarchy of the APC-led government to impose his anointed candidate on the Agunsoye Ruling House against the family’s preferred choice.
“It is quite ironic that a political appointee of Governor Kayode Fayemi, who had publicly vowed not to get involved in or support subversion of time-tested traditional process, has been functioning in this manner.
“Omotosho has been exercising high level of undue political influence to thwart the traditional process of the new Onimesi’s selection and installation. His known goal is to force his preferred candidate, a member of the APC, on the Agunsoye family and Imesi Ekiti community at large.
“We are disappointed that the Imesi kingmakers, with a full formed quorum, have neither met with nor interview a candidate on the list of Ifa oracle profiled and verified candidates forwarded to them. This delay is not unrelated to the politicisation of the selection and installation process.
“Hence, the Agunsoye Ruling House in Imesi Ekiti has no choice but to seek redress in the court against the Imesi kingmakers. The rule of law must be observed by all parties, including the state government,” they said.
The royal house, however, appealed to Governor Fayemi to caution Omotosho and his accomplices in government to allow peace reign and ensure due process prevail in arriving at the choice of the new monarch.
Reacting to the allegations, Omotosho said the claims were mere fabrications and cheap blackmails that lacked content of validity.
The APC chairman warned mischief makers to stop spreading falsehood capable of disrupting the peaceful ambience in the community.
He said he could not indulge in any process that would truncate the enthronement of a new monarch, noting that neither he nor the governor has interest in who becomes the king.
“There is no iota of truth in the allegations. I think for Imesi-Ekiti to have a new king doesn’t have anything to do with party politics and government.
“Whoever that becomes the king is my own person. All that is important to us is the development and progress of our community. Nobody is actually influencing and I am not interested in who becomes the king.
“The fact that I am the chairman of APC in Ekiti doesn’t say I will unduly influence the enthronement of a new monarch. All I am interested in is for Imesi-Ekiti to witness unprecedented development and stability,” Omotosho added.
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