When we were thinking we had the last of dethronement saga after what can be described as a successful removal of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamide, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has reportedly set plans in motion to dethrone 16 “pelupelu” (paramount) traditional rulers in the state.
According to a report by WazobiaReporters, a query has been issued to the affected traditional rulers, demanding they explain the reason they should not be removed from office after shunning government functions since August 2019. See a copy of the letter below.
The sixteen most prominent traditional rulers had earlier sued the Governor to challenge his appointment of the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi as chairman of the state traditional council.
They described the appointment of Alawe of Ilawe, who is not part of the 16 prominent leaders a clear violation of the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law.
In a suit filed before an Ado-Ekiti High Court with suit number HAD/7/2019, the monarchs are seeking for the nullification of the appointment as the governor’s action of picking someone outside the 16 prominent leaders is a violation of the state’s chieftaincy law.
Respondents in the suit are Governor Fayemi (1st), the Attorney General of Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda (2nd) and Oba Alabi (3rd).
The source reported by WazobiaReporters said Fayemi had already stopped payments due to them from the local governments.
The affected Obas are said to be in an emergency meeting at the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe as at press time.