Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday presented the instrument of appointment and staff of office to the new Oore of Otun Ekiti, Oba Adekunle Adeayo Adeagbo, urging the monarch to foster peace and development of his kingdom.

Fayemi who spoke at the brief ceremony held at the Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti urged the new Oore to see himself as a chief servant of his people and a force to reckon with in the development agenda of Otun Ekiti, Moba land and Ekiti State as a whole.

Speaking through he Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi said the selection process that produced the new traditional ruler was devoid of political colouration or manipulation and was in line with extant Chieftaincy Law of the state.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said very limited number of people were allowed into the venue of the ceremony while the rule of physical distancing was observed in line with COVID-19 protocol.

The Governor advised Oba Adeagbo to extend his hand of fellowship to princes who contested the Oore throne with him to ensure peace and development of the town while urging all indigenes to cooperate with the royal father.

Describing Oba Adeagbo as “the face of his people,” the Governor further charged him to use his good office in fostering good relationship with his subjects calling on all Otun indigenes at home and in Diaspora to rally themselves for community development.

Fayemi used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of his administration to meet the yearnings of every community especially in executing projects that will make life easier for them

He said ongoing road projects, education development, healthcare delivery, restoration of social stipends to the aged, special feeding programme for senior citizens, distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable to cushion the effects of COVID-19, water projects and payment of salaries and pension are gestures to better their standard of living.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeniyi Familoni, said the process leading to the coronation began with the demise of Oba Popoola on 22nd October, 2019.

Familoni said the selection process of the new Oore was keenly monitored in accordance with the extant rules and regulations and in line with tradition of the people of Otun after which it was endorsed by the State Executive Council.

The Chairman of Moba Local Government, Mr. Bayo Aborisade, disclosed that seven candidates vowed for the stool with the kingmakers making the choice in consultation with the Ifa oracle.

Aborisade maintained that the process that produced Oba Adeagbo was transparent, just and fair praising Fayemi providing enabling environment for the selection of a new king.

In his remarks, Oba Adeagbo said Providence made his emergence possible at a period COVID-19 pandemic was raging which necessitated a solemn and subdued ceremony away from his kingdom in a bid to avoid large a gathering.

The Oore said the state government’s decision to go ahead with the ceremony despite the public health challenges demonstrated Fayemi’s commitment not to leave the town rudderless for too long following Oba Popoola’s demise.

Oba Adeagbo said “with the Otun kingship race coming to an end, there are no losers rather, I assure my brothers that we are winning together.”

While saying Providence has been kind to him, Oba Adeagbo promised to make use of counsel of chiefs and advisers many of whom had served his predecessor for more than two decades to move the town forward.

He said: “The celebration of this auspicious event by way of coronation which will be accompanied with pomp and pageantry will come very soon when this pandemic is finally defeated as it is bound to be.”

Meanwhile, a High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Wednesday granted order restraining further action by the state government on the stool of Oore of Otun-Ekiti , Moba Local Government Area of the state pending the determination of the substantive suit relating to the stool.

Justice Abegunde Adesodun while granting the interim injunction moved by their counsel Olakanmi Falade on behalf of Chief Adeleke Atolagbe for the Obajeu ruling house noted that the injunction would subsist pending hearing on the Motion of Notice served on the respondents (government) slated for June 1,2020.

The respondents in the suit number , HAD/28/2020 are the State governor, the deputy governor, the State Attorney General and the Secretary of traditional committee in Mobal local government area.

Justice Adesodun said, ” I hereby granted as prayed by the Claimant order of interim injunction is hereby directed at all the respondents restraining them either by themselves or their privies from acting upon the contents of the letter under reference number CD/MOB/15/006 Vol. 111/66 dated 22/4/2020 from the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Governor’s office Ado Ekiti to the secretary , Mobal local government traditional committee whatever action directed by the said letter shall be put on hold during the life span of this interim injunction.

” The life span of this interim injunction shall abate upon the hearing on the Motion on Notice already served on the defendants/Respondents the hearing of which has been fixed for 1/6/2020 at 10am.”

The state government had at its State Executive Meeting penultimate week ratified the name of Prince Adekunle Adeagbo from Iyaaba ruling house as the new monarch for the community.

According to the commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua the confirmation was made possible following his nomination by the kingmakers.