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Ekiti Obas’ chairmanship tussle: Alawe accuses Ologotun of destroying history





The Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi has fired back at the
Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Oyebade, over the battle for the
chairmanship of Ekiti Southwest Local Government Traditional Council
in Ekiti State.

Oba Alabi who accused Oba Oyebade of “showing a shallow sense of
history” disputed the claim of the latter that he (the Ologotun) is
the only “Pelupelu Oba” in Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area.

Alawe insisted that he and Arajaka of Igbara Odo-Ekiti, Oba Edward
Jayeola are also Pelupelu Obas and are also favoured by history to
occupy the chairmanship of Ekiti Southwest Local Government
Traditional Council which has been held by the Ologotun for 20 years.

Oba Alabi was reacting to the claim of Oba Oyebade, that neither the
Alawe nor the Arajaka were among the 16 foremost kings known as
“Pelupelu Obas.”

Oba Alabi said: “Ologotun showed a shallow sense of history by
claiming to be the onloy Pelupelu Oba in Ekiti Southwest. This is
because Alawe and Arajaka were Pelupelu during the colonial days and
the number 16 was neveer sacrosanct; it varied.

“At the onset in 1900, it was 16 and subsequently, some Obas left and
these include Deji of Akure and Owalobo of Obbo who is now in Kwara
State. Other Obas joined variously within that period like the Attah
of Ayede (1920), Elemure of Emure (1929), Alawe, Arajaka, Olojudo
Ido-Ile and Olosi (all in 1947).

“This has been recognized and acknowledged by the past governments in
Western region, Western State, old Ondo State and now in Ekiti State.
Twenty Obas attained that status until the Pelupelu Council was
dissolved in 1958 before independence.

“Alawe., Arajaka, Ologotun, Elemure, Ogoga (of Ikere), Arinjale (of
Ise) were rotating the chairmanship in the old Ekiti South Local
Government. In fact, in 1965, Alawe as Chairman under Ekiti South
Local Government signed the declaration with which Elemure was
appointed Oba then.

“Even when Ekiti Southwest Local Government was created in 1976, the
Ondo State Law No 11 of 1979 that was the instrument of creation did
not make provision for sole chairmanship but rotation among the three
Obas and we have been benefiting from the rights and privileges
attached to the position in terms of remuneration and other perks of
office.

“Therefore, it is a sign of shallow knowledge of history on the part
of Ologotun to claim that he is the only Pelupelu Oba in Ekiti
Southwest. This is very wrong and should be corrected; ordinarily I
wouldn’t have joined issues with him in the Press but I owe him a
history on behalf of my community.

“Ologotun will be deluding himself to think that Ilawe will be the
headquarters of the local government and its monarch will be denied
the right to chair the traditional council.”

Traditional chiefs of Ilawe and Igbara Odo on Wednesday staged a
public protest at the local government secretariat calling on Ogotun
to step down from the chairmanship Ekiti Southwest traditional
council, the post he had occupied since 1997.

The state government is investigating the crisis by setting up a
special panel chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola, which
is expected to submit a report very soon.

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