The new Obalemo of Odo-Ora Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adeyemo Akinola has been advised to quickly set necessary machinery in motion to reconcile with aggrieved members of the community and Co-contestants to the royal stool for peaceful and developmental-oriented co-existence.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose gave the advice while presenting the Instrument of Appointment and Staff of Office to the new Traditional Ruler in Odo-Ora Ekiti.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola affirmed that it was expedient to have many contestants to royal stool which was the situation in the case of Obalemo, stressing that the decency and decorum displayed by all stakeholders during the selection processes were commendable.
Mr. Fayose said that his government has no special interest in who occupies the vacant stool, adding that merit, transparency and fairness were the hallmark of his government to fill all vacant positions at both the public and traditional settings since the beginning of his administration.
He called on the monarch to seize the opportunity embedded in his new position to pursue the course he believed in to better the lots of the people of his community, with a charge to exercise the power bestowed on him with utmost restraint and fear of God.
In his acceptance speech, the new Obalemo of Odo-Ora Ekiti, Oba
Adeyemo Akinola promised to carry everyone in the community along in his reign. Oba Akinola who said that the road to the throne was quite challenging, stressed that every contestant to the royal stool was a winner and would be treated as such.
He thanked the state government for allowing a level playing ground for all contestants as well as following the due process of the law in the selection processes. The royal father called on all indigenes at home and abroad to join hands with him in the development of the community.
In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Development, Barrister Kola Kolade said that due process was followed in line with the Chieftaincy Laws of Ekiti State as well as the guidelines stipulated by the traditions of Odo-Ora community after the demise of the late Obalemo, Late Oba Moses Owoniya in august 2014.
Thursday, March 22 2018, 7:01 am
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