The Ondo state government has been asked to wade into the leadership tussle rocking Aiyetoro community in Ilaje local government area before it degenerates into a complete breakdown of law and order.
Community leaders in the town made this plea at a press conference in Akure, the state capital.
Otunba Dele Kudehinbu, Secretary General of the the community, and member, Ogeleyinbo-in-council who addressed the press on behalf of the community alleged that Mr. Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi has been causing unrest in the community.
Aiyetoro had been enmeshed in a leadership tussle since the demise of the former King and spiritual leader, Oba Gad Olofin Ashogbon February 13, 2015.
Kudehinbu said, “Prior to the transition of the immediate past Ogeleyinbo, Mr. Oluwambe had never hidden his ambition to assume the throne and his efforts in this regards were very conspicuous to all and sundry.
“In his efforts to actualize his ambition, he started to undermine instructions from the immediate past Ogeleyinbo and had gone further to organize parallel bodies to compete with established institutions of the church and community.
“It is pertinent to note the aberration that happened on Sunday ,7th October,2018 where Oluwambe and his group forcibly entered the church , hurriedly cleared it and embarked on self coronation exercise.
“As evident in the video coverage of the event which was widely circulated in the social media ,a hurriedly prepared and strange crown was brought forward by someone which Mr. Oluwambe hurriedly seized from the person and looked into it before placing it on his own head.
“This was self-coronation at best ,a sacrilege to the doctrines of the church and the community. It is also an abomination in Yoruba land in general and Ilaje land in particular.
“This young man embarked on all these strange actions in his desperation to become the king of Aiyetoro community and the leader of Holy Apostles Church ,even though it is generally well known that the position is not vacant.
“We use this forum to appeal to Ondo State Government and security agencies to call this impostor (Mr. Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi) to order with a view to preventing a complete breakdown of law and order in the community.”
It will be recalled that the state government led by Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi had set up a reconciliatory meeting between both camps on September 28, 2018.
At the end of the meeting, both camps agreed to end feuds between them.
The state government also directed that the church in the community be opened for both camps to worship while Oba Ajijo is to continue being the King.
This was however not adhered to, as Ojagbohunmi, who was told to be the Head Prophet in the community expressed his reservations towards the reopening.
In a related development, the state government has dissociated itself from the purported coronation of Prophet Ojagbohunmi as the sixth Ogeloyinbo and Spiritual Head of the Holy Apostles Church of Aiyetoro.
This was contained in a statement signed by Leke Akeredolu, Deputy Chief Press Secretary,
Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.
The government said “purported corronation has violated the earlier agreement the state government had with him and Oba Micah Olaseni Ajijo.”
“There was an agreement with the state government by the two camps that the status quo should remain and that Oba Micah Ajijo should remain the recongised king.
“The Deputy Governor was shocked to read on the National dailies few weeks after the peace meeting that Prophet Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi has been crowned by the state government as the sixth Ogeloyinbo and Spiritual Head of the Holy Apostles Church.
“Ajayi wishes to inform the general public, particularly people of Ayetoro that the state goverment has no hand in the coronation of Prophet Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi.
“He warns that government will no longer tolerate any attempt by any individuals to use selfish interests to cause unrest in Ayetoro.
“Ajayi appeals to the people of Ayetoro community to remain calm and continue to live together in love, peace and harmony,” the statement read.