The Kingmakers of the Odo-owa Kingdom have appealed for the quick dethronement of Oba Joshua Adeyemi Adimula the Oloota of Odo-owa
An appeal has been made to the Kwara state government to avert an impending communal crisis in Odo Owa, Oke-Ero local government area of the state, by quickly selecting and enthroning a new king for the community.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Thursday, members of the Afin Descendants Union and the kingmakers, the Iwarefa, said the dethronement of the current king of the area, the Oloota of Odo Owa, Oba Adeyemi Adimula, is a remedy for peace to rule.
In response, Oba Ademola stated that the state government, through the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, had already intervened to resolve the ongoing issue.
Dethronement of Oba Joshua Adeyemi Adimula the Oloota of Odo-owa
The people, led by the president and secretary of Afin Descendants Union, Prince Elder Tunji Osaji and Prince Sunday Adimula, respectively, urged the state government and key stakeholders to do what is necessary to put an end to claimed long-standing difficulties in the community.
“We are forced to put our issues to the public eye in the hope that the Kwara state administration and the general public would be fully aware of our community’s sorrows and plight.”
“In order for peace to reign in our community, the entire members of the institutionalised body of Kingmakers known as IWAREFA and the Afin Descendants Union (ADU) hereby unanimously appeal to His Excellency, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, to dethrone Oba Joshua Adeyemi Adimula, Oloota of Odo Owa.”
“We hereby reiterate our plea to His Excellency on the grounds of egregious violation of traditional tenets and recurring disorderly behavior of Oba Joshua Adeyemi Adimula since ascending to the throne of Oloota.”
The people accused the traditional ruler of inciting communal strife among neighboring villages, inciting public attack and social disorder, and inflicting alleged brutality on one of the chiefs.
“Gentlemen of the press, we wish to use your collective and individual medium to alert the government and the general public that we, the well-meaning indigenes of this previously peaceful community, can no longer guarantee peace in the community if the government delays the dethronement of the current Oba any further.”
The data supplied to you are verified from several sources both within and outside the government network.”
Oba Ademola responded by saying that the state government had already interfered through the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and that he had been told to remain quiet.
“There are no Afin Descendants Union members living in Odo-Owa.” Two of my brothers who are union members were not included in the petition. They even falsified the signatures of several of the people who claimed to have written the petition.
“Incidentally, the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs advises me to remain calm because significant members of the community have waded in,” he stated.