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Akure Gets New Monarch….as Regent protest

Bisi Longe Akure

The Ondo State Government has installed and presented with the staff of office, Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo as the new Deji of Akureland to replace the former the monarch of the town, Oba Adebiyi Adesida , who died a year ago. While presenting the staff of office to the new monarch, the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, charged the new monarch to use his position to unite and develop the land.

He also implored the sons and daughters of the town, to cooperate with the new monarch at bringing more meaningful development to the land, saying it is the collective efforts of all that can turn the town and state around positively.

The installation,which was witnessed by sons and daughters of the town, high chiefs and chiefs was performed at the Cocoa Conference Hall Of The Governor’s Office amidst huge crowd. Reacting to the process of the installation, The Reagent of the town, Princess Adetutu Adesida protested her lack of information from the traditional kingmakers about the process that led to the installation of the new monarch of the town.

Princess Adesida said it would not be in the interest of peace and tradition of the town to be caught unaware by the installation process that was embarked upon by both the kingmakers and the government, without her being properly informed. Traditional kingmakers in Akure on Sunday, was said to have unanimously selected Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo as the next Deji of the town to replace Oba Adebiyi Adesida who died over a year ago.

Aladetoyinbo, a three time contestant to the throne defeated 12 other princes to emerge as the monarch of the town subject to the approval of the state government. The head of the Osupa Ruling House, whose turn is to produce the next monarch of the town, Dr Adebimpe Ige Ogunleye said the process for the selection of the monarch had been concluded as the kingmakers have chosen one of the princess presented to them by the ruling house.

However, the Regent, posited that the kingmakers and other relevant government agencies should have informed her about the process, so that she could be psychologically prepared her exit from the palace. She said it was wrong for the new monarch to meet her in the palace because of lack of information. Although she admitted that the Reagent has no role to play in the selection and installation of the monarch of the town, she however said she deserved the right to be carried along as a critical stakeholder in the town. “The kingmakers are the one that did not carry me along. I am a major stakeholder and I should be informed. I want due process to be followed. Things should be done in a proper manner.”

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