The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has asked the Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, to stop the “undue” interference by the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in chieftaincy matters in Ekiti State.
Alaafin had earlier sent a letter to Governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged attempt to ridicule 16 Pelupelu monarchs.
In a letter dated March 14 to Makinde, the Ekiti monarchs said the conduct of the Alaafin with respect to their affairs was unbecoming and “absolutely unwarranted.”
The letter, which was obtained by Sunday PUNCH, was signed by the Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi.
The letter read in part, “The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers takes strong exception to the whole content of Alaafin’s letter, which is absolutely unwarranted as Alaafin cannot superintend over the monarchs in Ekiti State.
“Ekiti State was never and can never be part of Oyo Empire. It is on this note that Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers is respectfully requesting Your Excellency (Makinde) to stop the Alaafin from his meddlesomeness in the internal affairs of Ekiti State.
“The letter of Oba Adeyemi contained a lot of misrepresentation of facts and inaccurate accounts of events between the (Ekiti) State Government and the traditional institution in Ekiti State which cannot be in consultation with, and concurrence of the highly revered and venerable traditional rulers mentioned in the letter but who did not sign same.”