Women in Ikere-Ekiti, in Ekiti State have protested the alleged plan by the government in collaboration with some kingmakers to impose Jimi Adu as the next Ogoga in Ikere-Ekiti.
The placard carrying women condemned the alleged directive by government that the choice of the new Ogoga should be decided through voting by the kingmakers.
They insisted that the next Ogoga must be determined by the Ifa Oracle in line with the custom and tradition of the town.
The women also alleged that most of the kingmakers have been bribed expressing fear that should the process of selecting Oba be subjected to voting, the right candidate might not emerge.
Some of their placard read: “Money Should Not Determine the Next Ogoga”, “Mr. Governor, Don’t Approve Jimi Adu as the Next Ogoga”, “Do not Use Voting to Select New Ogoga”, “It Is Not in Our Tradition to Choose Ogoga by Voting”, “Consult Ifa Oracle, No Voting”, among others.
Mrs. Funmi Adegbesan, a protester said they were protesting against the decision to subject the selection process to election which she said was against the tradition.
She said: “We want them to commence the process afresh, and they should consult the Ifa Oracle. We don’t want the Ogoga to be chosen through an election by the kingmakers who have been compromised.’’
Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and Department of State Services , DSS, operatives were on hand to ensure that the protest was not hijacked by hoodlums.
The state Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, who arrived the scene at about 9.50 am calmed down the protesting women and appealed to them to maintain peace.
Olusola, who met with the Regent and chiefs, denied the allegation that the Ayo Fayose administration wanted to impose a candidate as the Ogoga saying the governor and himself were not interested in who becomes the next Oba in the community.