Itapa Chieftaincy Row: Ekiti Govt Reverses Deposition of Traditional Chief

Itapa Chieftaincy Row: Ekiti Govt Reverses Deposition of Traditional Chief

As part of the ways to restore peace to Itapa Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, the government has reversed the removal of Chief Kehinde Osanyingbemi as the Chief Priest of the town.

The government appealed to Owatapa of Itapa Ekiti, Oba David Ajaja, who deposed the Chief, following irreconcilable differences to reabsorb the embattled Chief priest back to his cabinet to restore peace and unity to the town .

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, gave the directive, on Tuesday, while presiding over some raging chieftaincy crises between Owatapa and Elemo of Itapa Ekiti, High Chief Isaac Ojo-Ajaja, as well as the town’s Chief Priest, Chief Kehinde Osanyingbemi.

The monarch accused the two chiefs of disrespecting Owatapa stool in a manner that desecrated the traditional institution and as well fell short of the minimum conduct expected of any chieftaincy title holder.

Presiding over the matter, Mrs Afuye, in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, reversed the sanction slammed on the Chief Priest as a reprieve, and commanded him to tender open apology to the monarch.

As part of the truce brokering moves, the Deputy Governor, appealed to the monarch to allow the Chief Priest to continue to function and perform all the duties associated with his position.

“Peace is very paramount to Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration, because it is the bedrock of development and everybody must key into this peace- building agenda.

“There is no town where people are frequently removed as traditional chiefs that can witness peace. It is not always the right way to settle scores. I appeal to Owatapa to forgive whatever the Chief must have done and allow him to continue to function as the Chief Priest.

“This government won’t allow any town to boil over chieftaincy crisis and the dimension your case is assuming could be worse than we expected, if the people can’t forgive each other.

“This action doesn’t mean that Owatapa is not in charge. He is firmly in charge of his town and he should be respected as the head of .It is our opinion that it is wrong for any Chief to disrespect his monarch and this current government won’t tolerate such conduct”, she warned.

Mrs Afuye also appealed to the monarch to pardon High Chief Isaac Ojo-Ajaja for unruly behaviour, warning that no Chief has the right to look down or abuse any monarch under any guise.

Applauding the government for intervening in the matter, Oba Ajaja, said he specifically forwarded the petition to the state government, so that the festering crises can be resolved amicably.

The traditional ruler promised to comply with all the directives dished out by the Deputy Governor and the impending resolution move to be midwifed by the Itapa Progressive Union.

In their responses, the embattled chiefs appreciated the state government for its speedy and unbiased position on the matter, pledging that they shall comply with all the terms contained in the peace moves initiated by the government.

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