Akinrun stool: Ruling house accuses Osun govt. of plans to manipulate process

Gboleru Ruling House in Ikirun, Osun state on Wednesday accused the Osun State Government of planning to appoint the new Akinrun from Obaara Ruling House.

Addressing newsmen in Osogbo on behalf of the ruling house, Prince Mudasiru Olatunji, who is the Mogaji of the Gboleru family, said the government had already written to Obaara, to produce the next Akinrun, even though the monarch that reigned before the last one, was from Obaara.

Olatunji, who said going by the dictate of the Ikirun Chieftaincy Declaration, Gboleru is the next ruling house in line to produce Akinrun, adding that the government was hiding behind a court judgement, that claimed that since there was a division in their ruling house, the government could move to another ruling house to pick the new monarch.

He declared that Gboleru had resolved their differences and was ready to produce the next monarch for the town, and urged Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to intervene and stop the move to bypass the family.

“Obaara Ruling House produced the last Akirun before the immediate past one, who was appointed from Adedeji Ruling House and it is now the turn of Gboleru Ruling House to produce the next Akirun in accordance with our rotation arrangement. We have just three ruling houses in Ikirun, namely, Obaara, Adedeji and Gboleru.

“But we were surprised that the state government, through a letter from the Ministry of Chieftaincy Matter requested Obaara Ruling House to nominate a candidate for the vacant stool. We appeal to the Governor to intervene and stop the move by some elements to manipulate the process,” Olatunji said.

But reacting to the situation, the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, said the government wrote to Obaara to nominate the next monarch for Ikirun town, in obedience to the order of the court that ruled that since Gboleru Ruling House was unable to produce a candidate, the next ruling house should be allowed to fill the stool.

She said, “Gboleru Ruling House were the next in line to produce Akinrun. Ministry of Local Government informed the Ifelodun local government to commence the process of choosing the next Akinrun. Unfortunately, Gboleru Ruling House is polarised.

“They have some internal issues. Last week Friday, the government was notified of a judgement that said Ikirun was too big to be left without a king because of crises in one ruling house. The judgement then said the government can proceed and work with the next ruling house which is Obaara. We are only obeying court orders.”

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