Confusion in Osun community over two kings

There is confusion at Iree community in Boripe Local Government of Osun State, as Governor Ademola Adeleke yesterday appointed another king.

The Nation recalls that Oba Ademola Ponle was appointed in 2022 during the administration of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, but he was challenged at the court by some chiefs of the community.

When Governor Adeleke was sworn in, he suspended Oba Ponle and constituted a committee to review the appointment. After one year, Adeleke issued a White Paper stating that the case should be withdrawn and a fresh selection process should begin.

A statement yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Kolapo Alimi, said Governor Adeleke had approved the appointment of Prince Muritala Oyelakin from Oyekun Ruling House as the new Aare of Iree.

He said the decision was reached after the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the governor.

Reacting to the appointment of Prince Oyelakin, Oba Ponle said he remained the king of the community because he still had the instruments of office as Aare of Iree.

He berated the decision of the state government, saying, “the decision of the government fell foul of the White Paper they issued. They stated in the document that court cases against the process that produce me must be withdrawn before any appointment, but that was never done. The decision of the state government is null and void because I remain the king.”

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