Crisis looms as Youths, Lawyer caution Ondo Govt over vacant Olupele Stool
By Our Reporter
Following the vacant stool of Olupele of Ipele in Owo Local Government area of Ondo State, youths of the town have urged the State Government to allow the court determine the two pending court cases before commencing the selection process of new Olupepele of Ipele.
The youths under the auspices of Ipele Youth Progressive Movement, gave the advice in a statement addressed to the Ondo State Governor, Oluwatotimi Akeredolu and made available to ROVING REPORTERS.
The statement was signed by the President and Secretary of the youth association, Bola Orisadare and Segun Osuntuyi respectively.
Similarly, a legal practitioner from Rex Advocate, Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, in a letter addressed to Akeredolu, on the same obaship tussle of Olupele stool, cautioned the State Government against allowing the selection process to take place while two suits are pending in courts on the matter.
Specifically, the solicitor to Messrs Abdul Hardy Balogun and Anors Vs Chief Olubamito Ajikara and 4 others (Suit HOW/14/2021) and Abdul Hardy Balogun and Anors Vs Chief Sanni Raji Olujase and 5 others (HOW/20/2021), , quoted the two suits on the selection of Olupele.
According to him, the suits showed that three of the Ipele kingmakers, are not entitled to be installed as kingmakers of their respective quarters they are claiming to head by virtue of which they are claiming to be kingmakers in Ipele.
He said, “Since the eligibility of the trio are already subjudice, they cannot legitimately take part in the process of selection of next Olupele until the determination of the case in tandem with plethora of judicial authorities.
* We humbly request that you direct that the affected acclaimed Ipele Kingmakers i.e Chief Sanni Olujase, Chief Adewunmi Abitoye and Chief lubamito Ajikara, should not be allowed to exercise the rights of kingmakers in the selection of next Olupele of Ipele alternatively, the selection process be stopped pending the determination of two pending issues.”
The youths dissociated themselves from a news conference addressed by a purported Kingmaker, raising the alarm of impending protest by the youths of the community, if the vacant stool of Olupele, is not filled within possible shortest time.
*We wish to state categorically that Ipele youths are peace loving youths. We are not going to be part of any protest or crisis. We believe in the rule of law and it is on that we urge you to allow the law it’s full course before the selection process of the next Olupele of Ipele is done.
“We are reliably informed that Chief Olujase Raji, who have been parading himself as Olupepele of Ipele, had been sued in the high court for illegally parading himself as a Kingmaker and acting Olupele of Ipele.
” We passionately beg our governor discountenance the alarm of impending crisis on the matter and to allow the court to determine the two suits before the selection process is done,” the youths stated.