Iwaye Adodo Ruling House in Ipokia Local Government of Ogun State has accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of imposing the newly installed Onipokia, Oba Yisa Olaniyan on them despite the fact that the case was in court.
According to Platform Times, “the royal family alleged that the governor overruled their requests in series of letters sent to his office over the Onipokia stool, adding that the governor also acted against court order”.
Secretary to the Ruling House, Ruth Okeleye said this in a statement issued and made available to Platform Times.
Okeleye who spoke on behalf of Iwaye – Adodo Ruling House described the installation of the current Onipokia of Ipokia Kingdom, Oba Yisa Olaniyan as ‘nullity and contempt of court’, noting that
Gov. Abiodun was ill-informed on the issue.
She insisted that, the stool of Onipokia remains vacant until the Court gives judgement.
Okeleye maintained that, the newly installed Onipokia of Ipokia kingdom, Yisa Olaniyan was not a descendant of the Iwaye-Adodo Ruling House and thus, not eligible to ascend the throne.
She however called on members of the family to remain calm, shun violence and expect justice from the court.
The statement partly reads “Reacting to what they termed, the nullity and contempt of Court perpetrated by Governor (Prince) Dapo Abiodun led administration in Ipokia, Ogun State on the 12th of August 2020 during the alleged “installation” of one Mr. Yisa Olaniyan as the Onipokia of Ipokia kingdom. As far as the families were concerned, the stool remains vacant.
“In as much as there is a pending case on the said stool before a competent court of jurisdiction, any action taken by the government or its representatives is void before the law.
“The laws guiding nominations and installation of Obas in Ogun State clearly state that the only case where an individual can be nominated or considered from a female line (Omolobinrin) to the throne is where there are no capable male children from male line (Omolokunrin) to the throne.
“In this instance, the said Mr. Yisa Olaniyan is neither from male nor female descendants of the Iwaye-Adodo Ruling House of Ipokia. In fact, there are prominent and capable sons from the Ruling House to ascend the throne and they submitted letters of expression of interest but were not considered
“Despite all the letters of appeal to Prince Dapo Abiodun and proof of litigation on the said matter, the administration still went ahead to perpetrate this spite-induced act”.
By Abdulqudus Ogundapo.
Credit: Platform Times.
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