The deposed monarch of the western Nigeria town of Akure, Oluwadare Adepoju Adesina, has urged the government of state of Ondo state to reinstate him as the ruler.Mr. Adepoju was deposed after revelations that he battered his wife, Olori Bolanle, in May 2010.
His battered wife took ill and subsequently died in July 2011. Mr. Adepoju then relocated to the United Kingdom.He said he has learnt his lessons and was more prepared to return to the throne of his forefathers since it was the turn of his ruling house to present the next Deji.
Adesina, in a letter dated December 19 by his counsel, Sola Oke and addressed to the State Executive Council, said many of the allegations leveled against him that led to his deposition were as a result of bad communication and information management.
He stated that many of the things he was said to have done never happened, urging the governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and other members of the state executive council to kindly rescind the decision on his deposition and banishments.
Adesina said the allegation that he beat his wife and pour acid on her was not true, saying he was reported to have gone to the scene with hot ashes in a nylon bag, a development he said was impossible.
The deposed monarch said: “I also read it in the papers that I poured hot ashes which I brought in nylon bag on her. Sir, is it not strange that hot ashes was brought in a nylon bag? Why did the nylon not melt?
“Besides, is it not elementary traditional science that if you pour ashes, it will undoubtedly be blown towards you (the pourer). That is why it is said in Yoruba land that “eni deeru ni eeru n to.” Why was I not affected by the ashes myself since I was the one that allegedly poured it? Why was any other person not affected since, by the media accounts, the environment was rowdy and full of people?”
He also debunked the allegation that he was collecting royalty on land in the town, explaining that the only person caught using his name to collect royalty was reported to the police at the ‘A’ Division of the command and the police refused to prosecute him.
He also explained that the allegation that he had quarrels with the council of chiefs and the kingmakers was not true as there was no step he took without their contributions, including the removal of the former Lisa of the town, High Chief Folorunso Davids.
He said: “Consequent upon the above, I do honestly plead with your good self and the other members of your Executive Council to kindly rescind your decision on my deposition and banishments and to reinstate me back to my position as the Deji of Akure.”
On the disagreement between the chiefs and the palace, Adesina said, “To begin with, I never had any disagreement with either the Akure Council of Chiefs as a whole or the Kingmakers alone. The seeming disagreement I had with the chiefs was on the payment of ‘Igbanujo”.
“I must passionately plead with your Excellence(sic) to remember how well I stood behind you and fought with you towards ensuring that you won the election and to ensure that you also recovered your stolen mandate,” he said.
Many sources in the ruling house disclosed that the letter comes at an important time, as the Deji throne is vacant.
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