A group of concerned youths from Irepodun local government of Kwara State, have declared that there is no existing rotational arrangement for the Olupo’s stool.
The group made this declaration in reaction to claim by one of the contending princes for the Obaship title that there was arrangement that the throne would be rotated among the eligible ruling houses in the town.
But the concerned youths in a statement released on Sunday in Ajse-Ipo, disclosed that such claim is false and misleading, insisting that there is no rotation to the Olupo’s stool.
The youth noted that “if indeed such arrangement existed, the ruling house where the late Olupo, Oba Sikiru Woleola hailed from would not have produced the town’s traditional ruler on two consecutive occasions.”
They therefore appealed to the kingmakers and the State Government not to welcome such arrangement as being pushed forward by one of the princes contesting to becoming the next Olupo.
The concerned group also alleged that some highly-placed individuals including traditional rulers within and outside Kwara State have been working hard to bribe the kingmakers to rig the selection process in favour of their preferred candidate.
Consequently, the Ajase-Ipo youths warned such individuals to stay clear of the selection process and also warned the kingmakers not to subvert the process by anointing the highest bidder. According to them, the people of Ajase-Ipo will kick against imposition of any unqualified candidate on them.
“We are glad to note that the Kwara State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has rejected the name of the candidate the kingmakers want to impose on us as the next Olupo, and asked them to submit more names to the Ministry.
“We are also calling on the State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to, in the interest of peace and stability, intervene in the matter and ask the kingmakers to fast track the selection process by submitting list of all candidates that have been interviewed, screened and deemed qualified,” the statement reads in part.
The youth said the people of Ajase-Ipo are beginning to lose confidence in the kingmakers because they have turned the selection process to a money-making venture. They therefore urged them to retrace their steps and discharge their duties without fear or favour and monetary consideration.