Fayemi swears in Alawe as Ekiti Obas’ council chair
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Despite the pending litigation and controversy surrounding the appointment of Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, the Governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday swore in the monarch in an elaborate programme held at the Governor’s Office in Ado-Ekiti.
Oba Alabi’s appointment is being challenged by 17 Pelupelu Obas called Alademerindinlogun, who claimed that Fayemi contravened the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law which stipulates Obas’ that the chairman can only be appointed among Alademerindinlogun/Pelupelu Obas with his action.
The traditional rulers also claimed in their deposition in the suit filed before Ekiti State High Court that the promotion of Alawe to Pelupelu status was political and that could not grant him the power to become the Chairman of the traditional council.
Speaking at the ceremony, Fayemi, said time has come for the traditional rulers in the state to resolve the vicious insecurity level across the nation.
While charging the Obas on the need to maintain security and peaceful co-existence in their domains, Fayemi said their cooperation will go a long way to help in curbing what he called anti social activities with strong partnership with government.
The Governor who at the occasion did not talk about the pending litigation in court, apparently to avoid subjudice, however urged the monarchs to cooperate with the new chairman in moving the traditional institution to another level.
Fayemi explained that the constitution of the council became inevitable owing to the fact that the traditional rulers play pivotal roles in the stability of every community and the nation in general.
“I want to charge you to cooperate with this government and be at the forefront of the fight against anti social behaviour, because what we need to promote development is peace .
In his response, Oba Alabi promised to be fair to all Obas regardless of status, urging his members, to give advice to the government and not to criticise since “we are not running a labour union”.
He added further: “We can’t afford any form of antagonism and bickering as we are not in competition with the Governor. We are an advisory body in line with the Law that established this council. We assure Mr Governor of our unalloyed loyalty to be able to move Ekiti forward”.
He told his members that security challenges in the country can only be tackled with the cooperation of the Obas with the government at all levels.