A traditional ruler in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, the Oniroko of Iroko, Olasunkanmi Abioye Opeola, has explained the reason he deposed some chiefs.
Opeola explained that some chiefs have been deposed because they disappeared after their installation.
He noted further that some of them refused to contribute to the progress and development of the town, that is why he deposed them.
The monarch made these disclosures while installing fifteen new chiefs in the town.
It was reported that among those who were installed included a chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD) Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao.
Alao who contested in the gubernatorial election on the platform of AD in the state in 2019 was installed as Asiwaju of Iroko land.
Other personalities installed as chiefs included Akintomide Olalekan Akinwusi, installed as Mayegun, Aramide Omobolanle Akinwusi installed as Yeye Mayegun, Adeola Akano Folashade, installed as Asipa Iyalode, Matthew Olujide Olaniran, installed as Akogun.
Others are Folake Esther Binuyo, installed as Otun Iyalaje Isaac Abiola Popoola, installed as Aare and Adedolapo Akanbi, installed as Otun Asiwaju.
The installation of the new chiefs which took place at the palace of the Oniroko, in Iroko, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State was part of activities to mark the 10th coronation anniversary of the monarch.
The monarch in his welcome address, told the new chiefs that they must always be available when they were called upon.
He noted that some chiefs have been dispossessed of their titles because they failed to contribute to the development of the town.
He said, “Some chiefs have been deposed because they disappeared after installation and refused to contribute to the progress and development of Iroko.
“The Oniroko forebears fought for the throne for about 35 years. I was challenged in court but we won the case.
“Every chief should know their limit.”
The monarch while speaking further warned residents not to attach political meaning to the installation of Alao, emphasising that the former AD gubernatorial candidate deserved the honour “as a bonafide son of Iroko because his ancestral village, Motunde, is under the jurisdiction of Iroko.”
“So, I install Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao today as the Asiwaju of Iroko because he is a bonafide son of Iroko that we are proud of and has been playing wonderful roles in the lives of sons and daughters of Iroko without prompting. Please, nobody should read political meaning to his installation.”