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Ekiti voids installation of Oladimeji as Emure regent over process

The Ekiti state government has invalidated the process leading to the  installation of Princess Taiwo Oladimeji as the regent of Emure Ekiti, Emure local government area of the state.

The government through the  deputy governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, branded the process through which the regent  ascended  the throne as fraught with illegality and lacking the requisite approval from Governor Biodun Oyebanji- led government.

Princess Oladimeji was installed as the regent, sequel to the demise of Elemure of Emure-Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel Adebayo, on May 30, 2024, as the monarch belonged to Pelupelu, the topmost among the hierarchies of traditional rulers in the state.

Mrs Afuye, according to a statement by her special assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, handed down the verdict Tuesday, during a meeting with the critical stakeholders from the community. 

Mrs Afuye expressed dismay at how the community brazenly flouted the state chiefs law, by blatantly refusing to crave government’s approval before proceeding on the installation, adding that such illegality can’t stand in the face of the law.

She restated that government was neither planning to impose nor foist anyone on them as regent, adding that the already installed individual can be represented for the coveted stool, thereby amplifying the imperative of strict compliance with the law. 

“Let me emphasise here that you have no regent yet. Why did you have to rush into taking such step without consulting the government? Why couldn’t you seek government’s approval? 

“What you have as far as we are concerned is illegal regent. We are not here to impose anyone on you, you are free to take whatever steps that suits you, but we are emphasising the need for you to comply with the state chief’s law.

“So, go back home and do what you are supposed to do so that government can give the regent the  required recognition, because the one you have installed has no government’s approval,” she stated.