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By: Ade Adetona
The authorities of Akure North local government have confirmed the recognition of Chief Olomi Adesina Agunbiade as the Olu of Eleyowo community in the local government area of Ondo state.
This is contrary to a recent claim by the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, that he had appointed one Boboye Ojo as the new Olu of Eleyowo.
In a letter dated April 23rd, 2020, the Chairman of the Council said to the concerned public, Chief Agunbiade remains the recognized Olu and traditional head of Eleyowo.
Akure North Obas and Olus including the Oloba of Obaile, had also pledged their support for Chief Agunbiade in asserting his right against the Deji of Akure.
Chief Agunbiade who is the Olu of Eleyowo Community, was appointed by the Oloba of Obaile like his predecessors and declared that it was legally, historically and traditionally wrong for Oba Aladetoyinbo to be claiming that the community belongs to Akure.
In a letter signed by his lawyer on his behalf, Chief Agunbiade recently, noted that from time immemorial, a descendant of the Oloba of Obaile founded Eleyowo community, explaining that Akure or Deji had no historical or traditional link with the community.
The position of the Olu of Eleyowo is contained in a letter written and signed by his lawyer, Mr Femi Emmanuel Emodamori to reply a threat letter written on behalf of the Deji by B.D Asani & Associates, asking Chief Agunbiade to stop parading himself as Olu of Eleyowo.
The Akure monarch said he had appointed one Boboye Ojo as the new Olu of Eleyowo, but Agunbiade described such claim by Oba Aladetoyinbo as provocative and illegal as no court or tradition gives him power to make such appointment.
In his response, the Deji, Oba Aladetoyinbo had insisted that he has a control over Akure north local government area of Ondo state.
Responding to Eleyowo chieftaincy tussle, Oba Aladetoyinbo through his Chief Press Secretary, Michael Adeyeye, said he remains the consenting authority in the appointment of minor chiefs, Olus and Olojas in Akure north local government area.
However, the letter by Akure North Local Government is titled “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERNED” with a reference number: Ref/AD 869/37 and signed by Ayodele Olaoluwa on behalf of the Council Chairman.
The letter reads, “this is to inform you that PRINCE OLOMI AGUNBIADE ADESINA is the authentic Olu of Eleyowo that is recognize by the authority of Akure North Local Government lju/ltaogbolu. Thanks.”