Stop installation of obaship candidate, family begs Akeredolu 

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The Dero Ruling House of Ore town in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State has called on the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, to wade into the obaship tussle in the community to avert a communal crisis.

The ruling family alleged that one Enoch Olatomide, who is the head of Akintimehin family in the community had announced on the radio the nomination of a candidate for the stool of Olore of Ore.

The stool became vacant following the death of Late Oba Adebayo Temikotan from the Akintimehin Ruling House.

In a petition addressed to the governor, through their lawyer, Tope Temokun, made available to our correspondent on Monday, the Dero Ruling House said the Akintimehin was not entitled to present or nominate a candidate to fill the vacant stool on the grounds that there is a subsisting court judgment on the matter.

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The petition read in part, “We write this petition on the brief and on behalf of our client, on the heels of a shocking public announcement made on Saturday, August 6, 2022, by Prince Enoch Olatomide, the Head of Akintimehin family of Ore, announcing on the radio (Adaba FM) and other media the illegal nomination of one Monday Sawoju for the Olore stool, subject of appeal in the Court of Appeal Akure.”

According to the petition, the aggrieved family said the announcement of Sawoju did not involve the participation and contribution of kingmakers of the town and the announcement was done to force him (Sawoju) on the court, the Ore community and the government had anointed candidate before the hearing of the appeal on the stool, coming up on October 17, 2022, at the Court of Appeal and before the approval of the Executive Council of Ondo State, thereby, circumventing the due process of law in the process of appointment of the new Olore of Ore.”

The petition added that the judgment of the state High Court delivered by Justice S. Olorundahunsi in February 2020, stated that “the Akintimehin ruling house is not entitled to present or nominate a candidate to fill the vacant stool of Olore of Ore, the ruling house, having produced the last and the late Oba Adebayo Temikotan from the Akintimehin Ruling House.”

It stated further that the lower court judgment said, “it is the turn of the claimant family (the Dero Ruling House) of Ore Odigbo to nominate and present a candidate to fill the stool of Olore of Ore after the demise of Oba Adebayo Temikotan, who was from the first to third defendant families (the Akintimehin ruling house/family of Ore/Odigbo).”

“We call on the Government of Ondo State to rise to arrest this new trend of brazen illegality of making nomination and self-declaration as an ‘Oba’ without waiting for the approval of the government through the State Executive Council, as just been perpetrated by the head of Akintimehin family and some other lawlessly desperate individuals.”

“Ore community is sitting on a time bomb now, waiting to explode if this ugly situation is not arrested with speed. Our clients shall remain law-abiding even in the face of this provocation,” the family submitted.

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