There is tension in Akungba Akoko, in Akoko Southwest local government area of Ondo state, over the lingering kingship crisis which is about to degenerate into a bigger one following the installation of a parallel monarch in the town.
To forestall any breakdown of law and order, the Alale of Akungba, Oba Isaac Sunday Adeyeye, has petitioned the state government over the activities of the factional monarch, Prince Isiaka Oseni, installed by some kingmakers after an appeal court judgment in Akure.
Oba Adeyeye in the petition addressed to the state governor, Security agencies, Chairman of the State Council of Obas and the Chairman of Akoko Southwest Local Government, accused some people of behaving in a way likely to cause breach of peace in the town.
An Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the state capital had upheld the decision of Ikare-Akoko High Court that recognized Oseni as entitled to the throne of Alale of Akungba.
Oseni’s qualification as a prince of Ole-Ruling House before he was chosen as Alale-elect had earlier been challenged in law court.
Justice Mohammed Danjuma, in his lead judgment held that “an eligible candidate for an election to a throne is an entitled and bonafide member. The entirety of the evidence led by the appellants as plaintiffs did not prove their claims; to the contrary, the counter claim was proved and rightly granted.”
However, in his petition to the governor, Oba Adeyeye said he was presented with staff of office and instrument of appointment as Alale of Akungba-Akoko on February 23rd having defeated other contenders to the throne including the parallel monarch.
The petition read “a loser (Isiaka Oseni) in contest for the throne of Alale of Akungba had on 21st of December 2017 unlawfully proclaimed himself the Alale of Akungba in defiance of the traditions of Akungba and all known legal precepts of Nigeria.
According to Oba Adeyeye, the Ole Ruling House had earlier sued Oseni and the Mogun and Agure families at the High Court sitting in Ikare to contest their claim to the throne of Alale of Akungba on the ground that they are not member of the recognized Ruling House.
He said the appeal of the suit and the decision of the appellate court, was still pending at the Supreme Court, while the judgment of appeal court, never proclaim Oseni as Alale of Akungba.
He said “I have been prevailing on the people of Akungba who are my supporters to ignore the unnecessary invitation to a duel. I could be limited in my persuasive efforts to restrain my people who are obviously losing patience and ready to engage in physical confrontation because there cannot be possibly two kings in Akungba.”
The monarch begged the state government and security agencies to call Prince Oseni and his supporters to order in order not to disrupt the peace of the land.