Saki Monarch May Lose Seat

Governor Alao-Akala of Oyo State, Nigeria•Oyo Govt Says He Has No Staff Of Office

There was an indication on Wednesday that the crisis rocking the traditional council of Saki, Oyo State may cause the Monarch of the town the throne of his forefathers, as the state government declared that the traditional ruler had no staff of office.

It would be recalled that the Chairman, Saki West Local Government, Honourable Abdulwaheed Mossa ordered the withdrawal of the aides attached to the Okere of Saki, Oba Abdulkadir Kelani.

The council boss and the monarch had a disagreement over the appointment of the Bale Iya of Saki, a minor chieftain title.

The monarch preferred the candidature of Chief Ismail Olubodun, while the council chairman preferred Alhaji Raimi Borepo.

The monarch alleged in a petition to the state government that the council, in collaboration with some key officials of the state executive council, was trying to impose Borepo on him, despite the fact that the Ifa oracle had picked Olubodun.

The situation led to the withdrawal from the Okere’s palace, the chief security officer, the driver, the palace secretary, the typist and the messenger for allegedly assaulting an official of the council, who was in the palace on an errand.

Indications that the monarch might have courted the trouble, however, emerged on Wednesday when the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Hosea Agboola, described the Okere as ‘a mere Oba-elect’.

Agboola, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan, said that the monarch had not been presented with a staff of office that could confer on him, full authority to act as a king.

He said the Okere was merely given a letter of approval by the government.

Agboola said, “The Okere got into office through God and through us, whether the process is valid or invalid. But, we did not give him all the documents that he should have as a full-fledged king. He is just an Okere with a letter. Because of the court case, we cannot go further.”

The Saki-West Traditional Council had, however, in a petition to the state Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on September 10, 2008, alleged that the council boss was interfering in the administration of their monarch.

The council said, “We unanimously approved the appointment of Olubodun but, the Chairman of Saki West Local Government, against all known native law and custom of Saki people, claimed to have installed another person.”

They also alleged in the letter that on September 2, 2006, some officials of the local government, without the knowledge of the king, withdrew N4.5million from the traditional council’s account.

But Agboola, explained that the money was meant to prosecute the Okere’s case at the court.

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