You can’t dictate to us, kingmakers tell Akure monarch

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In spite of the rejection of the appointment of Mr. Amos Idowu as the new Osolo of Isolo community in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi,  the kingmakers of the Isolo community have declared that the appointment and installation of the new king is in order.

Isolo is a community under Akure domain and its stool became vacant following the death of Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi some years ago.

The Deji had rejected the appointment and installation of Idowu by the kingmakers of the community on the grounds that the appointment did not follow due process and was against the tradition of Akureland.

The Akure monarch also alleged that the Isolo kingmakers wanted to use the appointment to cause confusion in Akureland.

However, the Isolo kingmakers have said Deji had no powers to stop the installation of Idowu, the appointee of the Isolo kingmakers.


One of the Isolo kingmakers, who is also the Elemo of Isolo, High Chief Ibukun Adetoyinbo, said the Deji had no right to dictate who ruled over Isolo, explaining that the Isolo community was one of the towns that formed Akureland and it could not operate under the control of the Deji.

Adetoyinbo, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday warned that it was in the best interest of the Deji not to involve himself in the king-making process in Isolo, noting that it was a taboo to be involved.

He said that any Deji that got himself involved in the crowning process of the community might not live to see the next year.

He said, "We challenged the government to give the  Osolo his staff of office, and we were granted recognition. Akure now challenged the authority of government, we won at the High Court, then they went on appeal, they won. Then we took our case to the Supreme Court. Osolo's stool is not in dispute. "


The Elemo said that there could be no vacuum in the filling of the throne and cautioned the Deji to stop trying to intimidate the people of Isolo.

"The Deji has no right to crown a king for Isolo. All the chiefs of Isolo Kingdom are happy and excited over the choice of their new king. All the chiefs of the kingdom thundered their unity as men and women of authority hailed the ascension of Oba Idowu to the throne," he stressed.

When contacted, the Chief Press secretary to the Deji of Akure, Mr. Michael Adeyeye,  said the order of Deji was still in force, insisting that Idowu could not be an Oba in the community.

He said, "Any attempt to defy the Deji's order will amount to an attempt to defy the court order. It is a case of committal. I am sure you are aware that the Appeal  court had delivered his judgment in 2012 which reversed the upgrading of the Osolo and Iralepo Chieftaincy to the status of an Oba. The said judgment still subsists.


"As we speak, Mr. Amos Idowu has gone into hiding. He has committed a criminal offence by making a self declaration as an Oba. "

He however said the meeting was ongoing between the Deji and the Osolo people at the time of this report.

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