By Joshua Afolabi
There seems to be division among the Olumoyero ruling house in Ifon-osun, Orolu Local Government Area of Osun, as two sections of the family disagreed on the status of the incumbent traditional ruler, Oba Moruf Adekunle Magbagbeola in the family.
Some members of Olumoyero ruling house last week took to the streets of the town to express their dissatisfaction on what they described as illegal occupation of the throne by the monarch.
They also frowned at the monarch who claimed to have come from their ruling house before he occupied the throne saying, the claim was not true and called for thorough investigation on the issue by the concerned authorities.
Armed with placards bearing different inscriptions such as: “Moruf Adekunle Magbagbeola, you are not from Olumoyeroruling family”, “You are not qualify to occupy the seat”, the protesters disown the monarch saying he is not from the ruling house.
Their spokesperson who identified himself as the head of the family, Prince Akintola Kolawole charged the monarch to vacate the seat for he is not from their ruling house.
However, another section of the ruling house has faulted the claims by the protesters, describing them as “disgruntled elements”.
A Prince, who doubles as Baba Kekere of Ifon-Orolu, Chief Oladepo Akintola described the said claim as primitive and laughable, warning those behind it to desist or face the wrath of law.
Chief Akintola, who went down the memory lane said none of the “self acclaimed princes” was a true member of Olumoyerofamily as they have not in anyway contributed to the development of the family let alone the entire community.
He further explained that immediately after the announcement of Oba Magbagbeola, the aggrieved princes proceeded to court to seek redress but failed because they did not have genuine case against the emergence of the monarch.
The Baba Kekere of Ifon-Orolu said ever since the final judgement was given by the appellate court, which affirmed the emergence of Oba Magbagbeola as the Olufon, these set of people have been threatening to unseat the monarch, describing their action as efforts in futility.
Echoing a similar view, the Eesa of Ifon-Orolu, Alhaji GasaliDurodola who frown at the action of the protesting princes said he would not hesitate to take disciplinary measure against them.
He further explained that, none of the kingmakers knows them, saying they were not real sons of Ifon-Orolu, as majority of them could not prove their originality and they could not be traced to the royal family that they are claiming.
Meanwhile, in a letter by the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Al-MaroofAdekunle Magbagbeola, Mogaji Karimu Ojolowo Magbagbeola, Prince Mufutau Mqgbagbeola, Prince Tajudeen Akintola and Prince Musibau Akintola dated 2nd of April, 2019, the Olumoyero family said the information at its disposal shows that the people had perfected the plan to cause confusion and make the community ungovernable for the monarch.
The letter identified Alhaji Moroof Oladimeji Akintola, Prince Mufutau Adebayo, Prince Saheed Adebayo, Prince Kareem Adebayo, Prince Saheed Abass and Princess Kudirat Adebayo as brains behind plot to orchestrate crisis in the “peaceful” community.