Alawo Stool: Hold Oyetola Not Adeleke Responsible – Osun Govt

Alawo Stool: Hold Oyetola Not Adeleke Responsible – Osun Govt
  • PublishedDecember 3, 2023

The Osun State Government has denied that it is planning to issue a fresh staff of office to Oba AbdulRasaq Adegboye, as the Alawo of Awo, adding that Adegboye was installed in September 2021 and subsequently issued staff of office by the Administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

The government described as untrue reports in some sections of the media that his administration is taking steps contrary to the dictate of the rule of laws.

A statement by his Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, reiterated the commitment of the Adeleke administration to the rule of law, saying that the government will not do anything to impugn judicial decisions or tamper with the peace and stability of any community in the society.

The statement read, “We are constrained to inform the public that insinuations of plan by the Adelek administration to issue fresh staff of office on Awo stool are untrue. The crisis on the Awo stool preceded the administration of Governor Adeleke as HRH Oba AbdulRasaq Taiwo Adegboye, who is at the centre of the issue, was installed as Alawo several months before his (Adeleke) assumption of office.

“It is worth noting that he (HRH Oba AbdulRasaq Taiwo Adegboye) was issued staff of office by the previous administration, and so, it is unfounded that Adeleke is planning to issue a staff of office that has already been issued.

“As a government committed to the fairness and rule of law, we recognizes the right of HRH Oba AbdulRasaq Taiwo Adegboye to exhaust legal option on the Obaship tussle, which at the moment is before the Supreme Court.

“We must also note that HRH Oba AbdulRasaq Taiwo Adegboye has sought a stay of execution on the judgement of the Appeal Court, hence, the government decision to maintain status quo pending the full determination of the litigation.

“Available information is that HRH Oba AbdulRasaq Taiwo Adegboye is celebrating the anniversary of his installation and not installation or presentation of new staff of office as erroneously being speculated.”

The spokesperson enjoined the public, particularly the people of Awo to disregard concoctions and deliberate misinformation on the Awo Obaship, noting Governor Adeleke’s commitment to the path of legality and rule of law.

“Governor Adeleke will not do anything to distort traditions and well established procedures on kingship matters, and we want to urge the public to discountenance any information contrary to this commitment,” he added.

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