Osun govt releases white papers on chieftaincy matters, sacks traditional rulers

The Osun State Government has nullified the selection of Mr Gboyega Famodun, a former APC Chairman, as the traditional ruler of Igbajo in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of the state.

The government also nullified the selection of Mr Raphael Ademola of Iree town in Boripe Local Government and declared the Akirun stool in Ifelodun Local Government vacant, pending the outcome of the case before the Court of Appeal.

A statement by Mr Kolapo Alimi, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, on Thursday in Osogbo said the decision was contained in white paper reports submitted by the committee set up by Gov. Ademola Adeleke on chieftaincy matters.

“Osun State Government today released six white papers, five on various committees that investigated issues raised by executive orders issued by Gov. Ademola Adeleke at the inception of the administration in November 2022, as well as a white paper on Education Summit.

“The white papers earlier approved by the State Executive Council were finally ratified after further review by a special committee chaired by the governor in line with his promise to ensure due process, in-depth consultation, and compliance with the rule of law.

“By the report of the White Paper, all previous steps taken in relation to the installation of Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo stand nullified.

“And that all-inclusive selection process(es) for a new Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should commence immediately.

“Specifically on Aree of Iree Chieftaincy, the substantive chiefs are enjoined to withdraw their suit before the court so as to allow for commencement of the selection process in line with due process and tradition.

“And on the stool of Owa of Igbajo, the White Paper nullified the previous selection process, which produced Prince Gboyega Famodun and directed an all-inclusive selection process for a new Owa nominee.

“On the disputed Akirun stool, the White Paper directed that the parties await the outcome of the case before the Court of Appeal. And that the stool remained vacant,” it said.

The statement said the state government had accepted the recommendation of the committee to await the outcome of the pending suit on the Alawo stool before the Supreme Court.

According to the statement, the government has also directed the setting up of a task force for the recovery of government vehicles allegedly carted away by officials of ex-Gboyega Oyetola.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Adeleke had on Nov. 28, 2022, issued an executive order that all the appointments of traditional rulers made before July 17, 2022, be reviewed.

He said this was necessary to ensure strict compliance with the due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom, and tradition relating to such chieftaincy matters.

The governor thereafter set up a committee to look into chieftaincy matters.

The affected traditional rulers were appointed by a former governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.

Adeleke defeated Oyetola during the July 16 governorship poll in the state and was subsequently sworn in.

The statement, however, directed the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment to publish the six white papers in the official government gazette.

It also said that members of the public interested in acquiring and possessing copies of the white papers should approach the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment. (NAN)

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