As preparations for 2019 general election hot up, traditional rulers in Ondo State, under the aegis of De 130 Krowns Club Obas, have cautioned political class to shun desperation in their political ambitions to protect the country’s democracy even as they urged INEC to conduct credible and acceptable polls next year.
The monarchs also appealed to governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to immediate approve payment of five percent (5%) of local government monthly allocation to traditional institution in the state as required by the law.
The Owa Ale of Ikare-Akoko and new President of the monarchs’ group, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, made the call at the annual general meeting hosted by Ilaje royal fathers held at the palace of Odede of Igboegunrin, Oba Olatunji Kalejaiye in Ilaje Local Government Area.
Oba Adegbite-Adedoyin said, “If you truly want to serve the people you don’t need to be desperate or induce voters with money, our democracy must be jealously protected from desperate politicians. They must know that power belongs to God and we want to advise INEC, police and other stakeholders to ensure 2019 general election follows the necessary laws in the land.”
Owa-Ale appealed to all the monarchs “to see that law and order is maintained before, during and after the 2019 general elections.”
“The kabiyesis should also tell their subjects to collect their PVCs from INEC offices in all the local government areas in the state for the purpose of voting at the next general elections in 2019,” he said.
On the payment of 5% of local government allocation to traditional institutions, the new President said payment of such fund to traditional rulers as being implemented in some states would help the monarchs to have resources to take care of their health and maintenance of their palaces to protect historic heritage and culture of every community in the state.
Oba Adegbite-Adedoyin also reminded the state and federal governments to rehabilitate roads in Akoko/Owo axis and Akure-Ikere Ekiti road, without further delay to tackle insecurity and loss of lives and properties of the citizenry, lamenting that roads such as Owo-Ikare-Okeagbe road, Ikare-Ajowa road, Owo-Ipele-Isua-Akunu, Akure-Itaogbolu-Iju-Ekiti road and other arterial roads in the state had become impassable.
The President, however, lauded the efforts of the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to improve the state particularly in areas of security, infrastructure, education, just to mention few.
Owa-Ale added that the new executive would “work in harmony with the Ondo State Council of Obas and the Ondo State Government with a view to improving the status of the traditional institution in the state and make the state government achieve its objectives or plans in governance.”
The new Vice President and Akapinsa of Ipinsa in Akure south area, Oba Omoniyi Olufunmilayo said approving the demands of the traditional rulers in the state would enable them to discharge their responsibilities of maintaining peace and promoting culture in their domains.
The immediate past President of the group, Aladeokun of Alade Idanre, Oba Olusegun Akinbola, while giving account of his stewardship from 2014 to 2018, had earlier lamented the maltreatment of monarchs in the state.
According to Oba Akinbola, “Oba Daudu Oliyani of Iyani Akoko was kidnapped with his chiefs unprotected on his way from his domain to the state capital. The Olori of Oba Agunloye, Alauga of Auga-Akoko was kidnapped with her driver.
“The Alale of Idashen was prosecuted for installing a chief in his domain. He was to be detained in Olokuta. 130 Krowns was able to stop the Oba from sleeping in prison custody. All these we think are assault that the state government must not and possibly compensate the affected people.”
Other new officials of monarchs’ group are: Oba Omoniyi Olufunmilayo, the Akapinsa of Ipinsa in Akure south as Vice President; Oba Oluwadare Ojo, the Adapogun of Ipogun as Secretary; Oba Folagbade Ojo, the Olubuji of Ibuji as PRO; Oba Raphael Oyedele, Olu of Igbobini as Treasurer; Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, the Olu of Igbokoda, as Welfare and Oba Adejoro Adedeji, Olusupare of Supare-Akoko as Chief Whip.