From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
The four ruling houses in Osogbo, Osun state capital yesterday disowned the traditional ruler of the ancient town, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, declaring that he was not recognized by any of the ruling houses.
The ruling houses also declared that there was no traditional ruler in the town going by the judgment of an Osogbo High court, which is currently being challenged at the Court of Appeal, Akure by the traditional ruler. They thus declared Oba Olanipekun persona non grata in the town.
At a press conference addressed by all the representatives of the ruling houses led by Alhaji Nasiru Oyeniyi, the royal families warned the embattled monarch to stop parading himself as the Ataoja of Osogbo advising the state government and other authorities to stop recognizing Olanipekun as the Ataoja of Osogbo.
Alhaji Oyeniyi who spoke on behalf of the four ruling houses: Sogbo, Matanmi, Lahanmi-Oyipi and Lajomo (Olude and Aderohunmi); said Oba Olanipekun did not belong to any of the ruling houses and wondered how he managed himself to the throne of Ataoja.
Alhaji Oyeniyi said the four ruling houses in the town had since the installation of Oba Olanipekun in 2010 challenged his nomination, selection and subsequent appointment by the previous administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
He said the judgment of the state High Court, Osogbo which declared the stool of Ataoja vacant and nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Olanipekun was still intact.
He enjoined Oba Olanipekun to toe the path of honour and vacate the throne before he is disgraced out of the palace.
“We wish to state clearly that Olanipekun is just an interim occupant on the stool of our forefathers. We are only waiting for the Court of Appeal in Akure to determine the appeal of Olanipekun by upholding the judgment of the Osun State High Court which dethroned Olanipekun as Ataoja of Osogbo,” he stated.
According to him, “two judges of the Osun State High Court, Justices Yinka Aderibigbe and Jide Falola in their two separate rulings had ordered Olanipekun to vacate the throne of Ataoja of Osogbo and declared the throne vacant”.
He added that the royal families were in support of the ongoing Osun Osogbo festival but would not participate in any of the rites of the festival to avoid crisis.