The Omolabi Ruling House of Alajue, Ede South Local Government Area of Osun State have protested the installation of Prince Sulaimon Adebayo Olalekan as the Olu of Alajue.
They claimed that the installation was illegal and in disregard of a court order.
The leader of the Ruling House, Abdul lateef Afolabi also alleged that Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal had installed Sulaimon in a clandestine ceremony a day after the state government officially approved the appointment of Sulaimon as a monarch.
Afolabi revealed that Sulaimon is not a prince and does not belong to any ruling house in Alajue.
He also accused the Timi of Ede of having vested interest in the Alajue stool.
“The government disobeyed an existing court order by Justice A. O. Oyebiyi of the Ede Judicial Division of the Osun State High Court,” he added.
reports that the state government had on January 3, 2024, approved the appointment of 6 traditional rulers across Osun State.
In a statement signed by Kolapo Alimi, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, the appointment of the traditional rulers took immediate effect after it was approved by the state executive council
Reacting, the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi said the serving of the order stopping the government’s action may not have followed due process.
Alimi, however, added that when the government gets the order, it will be properly addressed.
In his words, “They could have collected the order and not serve it.
“Perhaps, we have not been served or the order has been vacated.
“I am very sure that if the order has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Justice and the order is still valid, the Ministry of Justice would have cautioned the state government.
“Before the state executive council went ahead with the announcement of the appointment of the traditional rulers, we got the approval of the Ministry of Justice.
“We made sure that due process was followed. Having said that, when we see their letter of grievance, we will know how to address it.”