The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has been slammed with a lawsuit by no less than 16 prominent members of the Ekiti State Traditional Council for violating chieftaincy laws.
The aggrieved monarchs, called ‘Pelupelu Obas’, described Fayemi’s action in picking someone outside the circle of their 16 kings, called Alademerindinlogin’, to occupy the exalted seat as “a flagrant violation of the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law.”
The suit filed by the traditional rulers follows Fayemi’s appointment of the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the Council’s Chairman to serve for a period of two years following the expiration of the tenure of the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju.
Reports say the angry monarchs are seeking the nullification of Fayemi’s choice of chairman of the Council. They also joined the Attorney- General of Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda and Oba Alabi in the suit against the sitting governor.
“We respectfully state that we would be creating a bad precedent to accept to sit under a chairmanship of the Alawe as it would amount to a disregard for the tradition on earth and a sin against our forefathers,” they maintained,” the monarchs said in a joint statement.
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