THE partisan politics brought into the traditional institution in Osun State seems to have a trickle down effect, as four prominent traditional rulers in the state were reportedly humbled by the United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria.
Also, the State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Yinka Adeojo, four local government council chairmen, four special advisers and wives of a prominent traditional ruler in the state were also denied entry visa by the embassy.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the affected monarchs were slated to travel to the UK last week with other monarchs, who scaled through on a mission which could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report during the weekend.
The monarchs, the affected wives of traditional rulers and the affected PDP chieftains were allegedly sponsored on the trip by the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration in the state.
It was learnt that the reason for turning back the members of the state traditional council and the PDP chieftains was to the effect that their visas, which they applied for at the embassy were revoked.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered from a source at the UK embassy that the visas of the prominent citizens of the state were rejected by the officer-in-charge.
Information had it that when one of the rejected monarchs was told that his visa was revoked, he was surprised, wondering why other prominent traditional rulers could scale through excluding him.
After a hot argument between the monarch and the officer-in-charge, it was gathered that the monarch eventually accepted his fate and left with his documents.
Other rejected traditional rulers who could not confront the officer-in-charge quickly accepted their fate and left the embassy. But the PDP chieftains, who were involved, did no argue with the officer-in-charge as they had quickly suspected foul play in the whole scenario.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the rejected monarchs have returned to their different communities and forwarded their complaints to the governor, from where it was gathered they are yet to receive any positive response from the state helmsman
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED