The Ekiti State Government has said it will ensure that due process and extant laws are strictly adhered to in the selection and appointment of a new Oore of Otun Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area.
The Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, gave the assurance during a meeting he held with the kingmakers and heads of the five ruling houses from the town in Ado Ekiti on the selection process to fill the vacant stool of the Oore.
Egbeyemi cautioned the kingmakers against violating the state chieftaincy law and due process.
He said they should also to get approval from the state government before commencing the selection process.
He explained that the meeting was summoned following the receipt of a security report of a likely breakdown of law and order and petitions from concerned ruling houses from the town.
He said the petitioners had accused the kingmakers of conducting secret selection process without the knowledge of the local and state governments.
Egbeyemi said nobody could choose an Oba without due process, adding that Governor Kayode Fayemi wanted every town and community to enjoy peace.
He said the governor would also not allow crisis and anarchy in any part of the state.
He noted that the Fayemi-led administration had been fair and been following due process as he had not imposed candidates on all the royal stools that had been filled since the government came to power in October 2018.
He said it was a surprise to the state government that a process for the selection for the candidate for the next Oore could be going on without the express approval of the government.
Egbeyemi warned that the kingmakers would be held responsible in the event of any crisis erupting over the process of filling the vacant throne.
He stressed that anybody involved in illegal selection process either as a kingmaker or a candidate risks going to jail as it contravenes the chieftaincy law.
The deputy governor advised the kingmakers to be guided by the gazette on the next ruling house to produce the Oore, saying government would not impose any monarch on the town.
He counseled the kingmakers on the importance of leaving the legacy of a peaceful community where the next king would enjoy a peaceful reign and be acceptable to the people.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Adeniyi Familoni, had briefed the deputy governor on the petitions received and meetings held with the ruling houses on the development.
Familoni explained that after the last Oore, Oba Adedapo Popoola, joined his ancestors, there was a correspondence from Moba Local Government, after which the Obanla was appointed as Regent.
He shed light on the Otun Ekiti Chieftaincy Declarations of 1961, 1972 and 1984 at the meeting.
The five ruling houses in Otun Ekiti are: Iyaba, Iletun, Imoya, Obajewu and Imoro.
The late monarch, Oba Popoola, joined his ancestors in October 2019 after spending 19 years on the throne.