The house in power of Agunsoye in Imesi Ekiti, in the local government area of Gbonyin in the state of Ekiti, accused the state president of All Progressive Congress, APC, Hon. Paul Omotosho of complicity in the obaship struggle in the community.
The family claimed that Omotosho, a native of the city, had wanted his favorite candidate, who was a member of the ruling party, to fill the vacant stool.
On Sunday they made the accusation in a jointly signed statement made available to Ado Ekiti journalists by the chief, the Agunsoye government chamber, Prince Adu Fasunlade and his secretary, Prince Sesan Aladesanmi.
They pointed out that Omotosho was using his influence on the government to sabotage the selection process, noting that the efforts of king producers to install a new monarch were thwarted by their “antics”.
They accused the APC president of working in collusion with a high-ranking APC-led hierarchy to impose his anointed candidate in the Agunsoye Government House against the family’s preferred choice.
“It is quite ironic that a political appointee of Governor Kayode Fayemi, who had publicly vowed not to get involved in nor support subversion of time-tested traditional process, has been functioning in this manner.
“Omotosho has been excercising high level of undue political influence to thwart the traditional process of the new Onimesi’s selection and installation. His known goal is to force his preferred candidate, a member of the APC on the Agunsoye family and Imesi Ekiti community at large.
“And we are disappointed that the Imesi kingmakers, with a full formed quorum, have neither met with nor interview a single candidate on the list of Ifa Oracle profiled and verified candidates forwarded to them. This delay are not unrelated the politicization of the selection and installation process.
“Hence, the Agunsoye Ruling House in Imesi Ekiti has no choice other than seek redress in the Court of Law against the Imesi kingmakers and the rule of law must be observed by all parties including the state government”, they said.
The Royal House, however, appealled Governor Fayemi to caution Omotosho and his accomplices in government to allow peace to reign and ensure due process prevail in arriving at the choice of the new monarch.
Reacting to the allegations, Omotosho described the claims as a mere fabrication and cheap blackmail lacking content of validity.
The APC Chairman warned against mischief makers to stop spreading falsehood capable of destabilizing the peaceful ambience in the community.
Omotosho said he could not indulge in any process that would truncate the enthronement of a new monarch, noting neither he nor Governor has interest in who becomes the king.
“There is no iota of truth in all the allegations. I think for Imesi-Ekiti to have a new king doesn’t has anything to do with party politics and government.
“Whoever that becomes the king is my own person. All that is important to us is the development and progress of our community. Nobody is actually influencing and I am not interested in who becomes the king.
“The fact that I am the chairman of APC in Ekiti doesn’t say I would unduly influence the enthronement of a new monarch. All I am interested is for Imesi-Ekiti to witness unprecedented development and stability”, he added.