*Ikirun Development Vanguard warns against imposition of Pangila as Akinrun*
Ikirun Development Vanguard, an association of over 5000 members, home and abroad, has warned against the imposition of one Prince Akadri as the Akinrun of Ikirun land by the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
This warning is contained in a press statement released today, Saturday 29th October, 2022 after the closed door meeting of the leadership of the association.
“We would like to use this medium to express our displeasure over the recent Oyetola’s government’s proclamation of one Prince Akadri, also known as Pangila, as the Akinru-elect. The people of Ikirun reject this unfair and ungodly pronouncement,” reads the release signed by Qasiu Qodiri, Secretary General of Ikirun Development Vanguard.
“Responsible Youth of Ikirun will continue to resist the imposition of Pangila, a man with bad records, on the town until the government of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola does the needful; we all know the next royal family that should occupy the Akinrun vacant stool,” he added.
“We, the peaceful people of Ikirun, respect the rule of law and believe in fairness and justice. We’re not in a hurry to install the new Akinrun. Hence, we implore Governor Oyetola to halt the installation of Prince Akadri as we wait for the final court’s rulings.
“One would be marveled to ask why is the Oyetola’s administration in a hurry to install a new Akinrun of Ikirun, when the Aree of Iree stool has been left in vacuum since many years now, whereas an influential member of the cabinet and commissioner for Chieftaincy matters, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, is a prince from Iree.”
“Similarly, the ruling party (APC) chairman, Gboyega Famodun, is also a prince of Igbajo, another town where their royal stool remains vacant”. Then, why the fire brigade approach to impose anybody on the people of Ikirun? The decision that almost set the hitherto peaceful town on fire.” The release added.
It stated further that the decision of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is suspicious and an attempt to draw Ikirun, the leading town in the entire Osun Northeast backwards for many years, with a view to promoting his hometown, Iragbiji, and place it above Ikirun. This, the group believe, would only create animosity between Ikirun and Iragbiji, the two friendly towns from time immemorial. This is unacceptable!
“Finally, we call on our people to continue to be law abiding and sustain their peaceful protest, until we get justice for the royal family of Gboleru,” he concluded.