Leadership crisis rocking Osun State Traditional Council of Obas resurfaced yesterday during its monthly meeting in Osogbo.
Vice Chairman of the Council, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, reportedly stopped the advance team of the Permanent Chairman, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, from positioning his special seat at the front position where he was supposed to preside over the meeting.
According to a reliable source, Oba Aromolaran insisted that the Ooni’s chair must not be positioned where it was supposed to be, rather his (Aromolaran) seat should be at the front.
In the ensuing controversy, the Ooni’s ‘Emeses’ (messengers) were said to have told Oba Aromolaran that they had the instruction of their kabiyesi to place the chair at the required position.
Sources informed our correspondent that while Oba Aromolaran was struggling to prevent them from positioning the chair, the clothes of one of the messengers were torn into shreds.
Following failure to resolve the issue, the meeting was postponed indefinitely.
Our correspondent also gathered that when Governor Rauf Aregbesola was briefed about the incident, he invited the monarchs to the Government House for a meeting to resolve the crisis.
Nigerian Pilot also gathered that Oba Aromolaran later went to the Government House, but reportedly left before the arrival of the Ooni to the place.
The spokesperson for the Ooni’s Palace, Mr. Moses Olafare, when contacted, said the Ooni’s position as the permanent chairman of the council was incontrovertible.
“Ooni would not want to be drawn into what happened. But he (Ooni) remains the permanent chairman according to the law,” he said.
He added: “The issue of who becomes the chairman is a creation of law and can only be reversed by law and whoever is not satisfied with the arrangement should either go to court or the House of Assembly and seek review of the law.”
It would be recalled that Oba Aromolaran had last year, at one of the council’s meetings, said that he was unanimously elected the substantive chairman of the council, adding that he was nominated by the Ataoja of Osogbo and other monarchs supported his nomination.
However, he had introduced himself as the vice chairman of the council at the December 2015 meeting, which was the maiden edition attended by the Ooni after his inauguration.
Efforts by our correspondent to get reactions from Oba Adekunle Aromonlaran proves abortive as at the time of filling this report.

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