From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has kicked against the appointment of Ademola Makinde as the new Owa of Igbajo in Boluwaduro Local Government Area, a position hitherto held by the former state chairman of APC, Gboyega Famodun.

Governor Ademola Adeleke sacked Famodun as Owa of Igbajo, saying the process that led to his installation by former governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, did not follow due process.

In a statement, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, yesterday, said the appointment of the new monarch was ratified at the state executive council.

Alimi said the nomination of Makinde as forwarded by the local government was approved in line with due process, chieftaincy law, and tradition.

However, in a statement by its state Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, the APC protested the appointment, describing it as “falsehoods, deceits, and stratagems employed by Adeleke to run his administration to the detriment of rule of law, fair play, due process, and justice.

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“Is Governor Adeleke not aware that there are subsisting cases on the Obaship conundrum in three competent courts of law and that he, as the state governor, is a defendant in all the suits?

“Would it be right in the estimation of Adeleke that he should be a judge in his case? Thank God the judiciary in whom we have absolute confidence, would adjudicate with fairness on the issue.

“I am telling Governor Adeleke with an air of finality that he would be disgraced on the Famodun’s issue.

“Was it proper to put beads on the necks of some urchins who are non-natives of Igbajo to fraudulently pose as the kingmakers in the governor’s office, state government secretariat, Abere, for nauseating gratifications when no legally-recognised kingmakers were ready to have a hand in such a dirty and criminal conduct?

“I pity Makinde for allowing the Adelekes to break a political metaphorical coconut on his head because of his rabid ambition to occupy a non-existing office of the Owa of Igbajo currently being legally occupied by Famodun.

“It was not a wise decision for the Adeleke ally to have ditched a plum job of 30 years at an oil company and wittingly offered to be a willing tool in the hands of disgruntled politicians who would catalyse the loss of the two jobs,” APC said.