There is tension in ancient town of Saki over alleged illegal selection of one Kasali Rashidi as the Bagii-elect for the community.
To prevent the breakdown of law and order, the three ruling houses of of Saki have called on the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, not to approve an illegal selection that contravenes the traditional selection process of Bagii chieftaincy title in Saki kingdom.
The ruling houses, according to a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan yesterday, include Soledolu, Ladubu and Kujenya.
It stated that “at a meeting held on 17th October, 2015, the stakeholders considered the purported selection of Kasali Rashidi as the Bagii-elect at the palace of Apeki of Oke-odo and resolved to reject the so-called selection or election for the following reasons:
“Kasali Rashidi is not known to majority of members of Bagii ruling houses as he has never identified himself with us. We saw him for the first time after the demise of Bagii Murtala Oladepo. He is therefore a total stranger to the culture and tradition of Bagii stool.”
According to the statement signed by the representatives of the three ruling houses, Prince Sunday Jolasun (Ladubu), Prince Alhaji Raimi Olabode (Kujenya) and Prince Mathew Olawuwo Adesola (Soledolu), “Kasali Rashidi is still an officer in Oyo State civil service who has neither resigned nor retired from service. The Bagii stool is a traditional institution that cannot be occupied on part-time basis.
“The purported selection in the palace of Apeki of Oke-odo was at variance with the traditional process, as the major Saki kingmakers such as Bajoka, Bamobi, Aganmu, Iyalode, Bale Sepeteri and others were not carried along.
“The activities of the authority of Saki-West Local Government on the issue were shrouded in secrecy as the families and other contestants were shut out of the process.”
While reacting to the allegations, spokesperson for Kasali, Mr. Remi Adelakun said there was a meeting at the palace of Apeki where eight kingmakers took the decision. It was Kasali that got eight votes while the second aspirant to the throne scored zero.

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