The procedure for appointing a new traditional ruler takes different ways in different communities but then despite the peculiarities, the importance of a group of kingmakers cannot be swept under the carpet as customs and traditions demand.
The same cannot be said of the ongoing imbroglio in Ajase-Ipo, an ancient town in Irepodun local government area of the state where some loyalists of the erstwhile Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki are alleged to be interfering with the appointment of a new King for the locals who have been without one since February when the Olupo died leaving the town without a traditional leader.
The ruling houses in Ajase-ipo have warned conspirators orchestrating the twist in the procedure for the selection of the new Olupo to steer clear the idea, describing it as a long dream.
External influences involved in the conspiracy have been berated and charged to beware of the eternal grievous consequences of their action on their lineages.
“We admonish any external influences in the category to be cautious and retrace their steps to avert incurring negativity on their generation.
“This team of influencers against the tradition, who are interfering in procedure for selection to the stool of Olupo of Ajase-Ipo should see this as the last warning and appeal. We can only take a horse to the river, we can’t force the horse to drink,” the princes stated.
One Barr Ayansola who is an indigene of Ilala and a lieutenant of Bukola Saraki has been fingered to be the brain behind the protracted chaos that, according to a reliable source privy to happenings around the Ajase-Ipo royal stool has successfully coerced the kingmakers and some other influential Palace chiefs into forwarding just one name to the government for consideration against the traditional four and ensuring that the person is a core loyalist to Sen. Bukola Saraki who reportedly ordered Barr Ayansola to ensure that their preferred candidate emerged as the new Olupo as part of his comeback strategy.
The fears being entertained by the community according to a reliable source is gaining strong foundation as recent happenings have confirmed that Barrister Ayansola from Ilala who is Saraki’s paladin have successfully coerced the kingmakers as planned and some other influential Palace chiefs into forwarding the name only to the government for consideration against the traditional four names of princes.
This is to make sure that only the loyalist to Senator Bukola Saraki emerges as the Olupo, even against the customs and tradition of the community a decision indigenes are no longer finding interesting.