After the successful dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, also known as SLS, by the governor of Kano state, Umar Ganduje, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the executive governor of Ekiti set in motion the removal of the 16 “Pelupelu” (Paramount) traditional state rulers.
According to reports making online round, a consultation with the Obas was issued today, giving them 72 hours to give explanations on why they should not be removed for avoiding government functions since August 2019.
Governor Fayemi had previously been prosecuted by the 16 most important traditional governors of the state of Ekiti, Pelupelu Obas, contesting his appointment of Ilawe Ekiti’s Alawe, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as president of the Traditional State Council.
According to reporters, the 16 most prominent monarchs, popularly called Pelupelu Obas, described the appointment of Alawe of Ilawe, out of the 16 Obas called Alademerindinlogin to occupy the exalted chair of the traditional council president, as a clear violation of the Ekiti State Chief Law.
The monarchs, in the process with registration number HAD / 76/2019, brought before a Superior Court of Ado Ekiti, are seeking the annulment of the nomination, saying that the governor’s action of choosing someone out of 16 obas as president was “a violation of the Ekiti State Headship Act. ”
In a summons of origin presented by Dr. B.A.M. Ajibade (SAN) on August 7, 2019 and deposed by Ajero of Ijero, Oba Joseph Adewole, on behalf of 15 other obas, the monarchs are seeking an interlocutory injunction to prevent Fayemi from swearing an oath to Alawe as chairman of the council.
The interviewees in the process are: Governor Fayemi (1st), Ekiti State Attorney General, Wale Fapohunda (2nd) and Oba Alabi (3rd).
Our source said Fayemi had already stopped payments due to them by local governments.
The Obas that are affected are said to be in an emergency meeting at Ado Ekiti’s Ewi palace, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, at the time of this publication.