The kingmakers and princes in Odo-Owa, a major community in the Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, have petitioned the state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, to dethrone the monarch of the town.
The Kingmakers (Iwarefa) and Afin Descendants Union (Princes) of Odo-Owa said that they have passed “a vote of no confidence” on the Olota of Odo-Owa, Oba Adeyemi Adimula.
The kingmakers who are six in number accused the monarch of exhibiting attributes that are antithetical to his throne.
They, therefore, urged the state government to immediately dethrone Oba Adimula as the Olota of Odo-Owa.
They added that a new Olota be installed in place of the current one based on his alleged “disgraceful acts”.
In a petition addressed to the state government dated May 23, 2022, and signed by the six High Chiefs and 14 princes of the community, they alleged that there was no development in the town as a result of division among the five communities that constitute the town which was allegedly caused by the monarch.
The petition was jointly signed by High Chiefs: Ejisun, Bankole Funsho, Eesa, MA Tope, Asalu, Omotoso Kayode, Odoka, Adebanjo Ogunsola, Ojoko, Popoola Bunmi and Erunna, Ashaolu Raphael.
while 14 princes (members of Afin Descendants Union) including the President, Prince Tunji Osaji, Prince Sunday Adimula, Secretary and Professor Abiodun Adimula among others signed the vote of no confidence petition.
According to the petition, the monarch’s alleged insatiable desire for land grabbing is legendary and was making development in the community difficult.
In his reaction, the monarch denied the allegations, explaining that notable developments have been recorded since he ascended the throne.
Oba Adimula said that the people were raising petitions against him because they thought he would die on the throne.
“They thought I would die before three years after my ascension to the throne but when I did not die they began their attack. I ascended the throne in 2015 and in 2018 they started to embark on all sorts of things to frustrate me out of the throne. They have sent a python and a buffalo to attack me in the palace and one of them came to meet me in the palace with charms but God has been sparing my life”, Oba Adimula said.