By Yaqoub Popoola Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti
Strong indications emerged Saturday in Ekiti State of an impending crisis in Ikere-Ekiti over who should be crowned as the regent of the town, following the demise of Ogoga, Oba Adegoke Adegboye.
The erstwhile monarch died on August 22 after a brief illness at the age of 85. Two children of the late Ogoga were reported to have been at loggerheads over the regency, while has allegedly polarised the royal house.
A prominent indigene of the town, who craved anonymity told to journalists that one of the princesses, Ayooye Adegboye, was the preferred candidate of the princes and had been selected as possible occupant of the exalted seat, after due consultations with the six kingmakers in the town.
But the eldest daughter of the departed king, Adebisi Bello, who was said to be enjoying the backing of some chiefs, had flayed the selection process, describing it as a conspiracy against her person.
The source disclosed that, “There is serious unrest now in the community, particularly in the palace. The eldest daughter of our departed king is claiming hat handpicking any of the princesses was against the tradition.
“She claimed that the eldest daughter was the only person permitted by tradition. This has been causing serious disquiet in the palace,” he said.
However, the Sapetu of Ikere-Ekiti, traditional prime minister, Chief Michael Shittu, said nobody had been appointed, as far as he was concerned.
He insisted that the death of Oba Adegboye had automatically transferred the executive powers to him, as the second-in-command and the head of kingmakers, adding that nobody could be installed the regent without his consent.
“The fight over regency is needless because she has no role to play. She cannot exercise executive power; she is only appointed to fill the vacant stool to attend to palace matters. She cannot even appear in public, because that is my responsibility for now.
“The kingmakers can go ahead and appoint even a man as the regent, because men had been appointed as regents in the past, and that makes Ikere-Ekiti very special and different from other towns in Ekiti, in terms of regency.”