By Dayo Johnson, Akure.
The crisis between the kingmakers of Mahin, Ondo State and the community’s traditional ruler, the Amapetu, Oba Lawrence Omowole, deepened as the kingmakers, at the weekend, insisted the monarch remained deposed.
But the Oba described his removal as null and void and a breach of the tradition of the town.
Omowole added that the process was “ unacceptable and will not hold”.
The kingmakers, in a statement after their meeting, said some traditional rulers in the area had mediated in the crisis.
They listed the peace-making monarchs to include the Odede of Igbo Egunrin, Oba Phillips Kalejaiye; the Olu of Igbokoda, Oba Afolabi Odidioma and the Molokun of Atijere, Oba Adeoye Edema
Meanwhile, they said: “We are conscious of our duties and responsibilities as custodians of the customs and tradition of the Mahin people and have no apologies for defending same uncompromisingly.
The ‘warring’ kingmakers include Urayen Ogefun of Mahinland, High Chief Akinyemi Omoyele, Asaron of Mahinland, High Chief Roju Malumi, Jadigba of Mahinland, Olibamayo Aladetan and Yasere of Mahin, High Chief Godwin Balogun.
Their statement added: “That from the very beginning and in accordance with Mahin customary Law, no one can be ruler in Aboto except he is of Mahin origin or descent, a custom corroborated by the Ondo State Government White Paper on the report of Justice Adeloye Commission of Inquiry 1999.