There was controversy in Iwo land yesterday as a group of 12 chiefs in Iwo town have demanded the removal of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, for allegedly engaging in acts unbecoming of a traditional ruler.
The aggrieved Kingmakers made the demand in a petition to the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola. In a letter dated September 9 was titled, ‘Petition for the removal of Oba Adewale Akanbi (Oluwo of Iwo) from the throne of Iwoland.
The chiefs said Akanbi, after his coronation in 2016, declared himself ‘Emperor,’ a title they said was unknown to Iwo history, adding that in July same year, the royal father stirred another controversy when he declared that all Yoruba men were entitled to the stool of the Ooni of Ife.
The petitioners also accused the King of engaging in a fight against some notable personalities since his coronation in 2016.
“Oba Adewale Akanbi has a penchant for fighting notable personalities within and outside Iwoland. At the moment, Oba Adewale fought Chief Abiola Ogundokun, Imran Adio, (a leading Islamic cleric) whom he removed as Otun Ajanasi. He insulted the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Orangun of Ila, and other prominent Obas in the state,” part of the petition read.
Reacting to the allegations, the traditional ruler in a statement by his spokesperson, Alli Ibrahim, said the kingmakers are only trying to distract the monarch.
“It’s a conspiracy of a detractor who has been fighting so hard to become the Oluwo of Iwo. The detractors have gone beyond many times to discredit Oba Akanbi and failed serially. The recent one was to divide the kingmakers but (it is) dead on arrival. Achievements of Oluwo endeared him to Iwo, more. You can’t run down what your children may benefit in the future,” the statement said.
“Oba Akanbi is a king of positive marks. He is a market detractors are trying to de-market. All he was alleged of are not without reason(s). His reign is prosperous, fruitful and virile to the advantage of all and sundry. Traditional system is not parliamentary. Oluwo will keep serving humanity. Nothing will discourage the good work. He loves everyone. Together we can achieve better. Detractors romancing my chiefs should continue wasting their time, Oluwo will keep lifting his subjects.”
Our sources gathered that as soon as the ploy was established, several group of people protested the move by the kingmakers. It was learnt that the Muslim community in the town held an emergency meeting yesterday where they urged the petitioners to discontinue the removal process so as not to throw the town into turmoil.