Ekiti State government has denied the report that it is planning to remove some traditional rulers in the state describing such claim as false.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode
The statement explains that the letter written to the traditional rulers is merely an administrative matter which is neither contentious nor confrontational adding that the step is definitely not a ploy or plan to remove any Oba from office.
“The attention of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has been drawn to some misleading news reports being circulated in some online blogs alleging plans by the state government to dethrone some traditional rulers in the state
“Our traditional rulers are well respected and revered as custodians of our culture and traditions. The Fayemi Administration is committed to the welfare and protection of the cultural heritage of our people which the Kabiyesis hold in trust.
“Any rumour claiming that Governor Fayemi is planning to dethrone any Oba in Ekiti State is a deliberate and malicious misrepresentation of the true situation. It is obviously an attempt from opposition to create chaos and confusion between the Ekiti State Government and the good and law abiding people of Ekiti State
“The Governor holds all our traditional rulers in high esteem and reverence as expected of an Omoluabi. No arm of government discussed nor considered dethroning any Kabiyesi at any time because there is no basis for such.
“Anyone spreading such malicious and unfounded rumours is an enemy of the good people of Ekiti State and they are hereby advised to desist from creating unnecessary tension in the polity.
Narrating the true picture of things, Mr Oyebode explained that the Ekiti State Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs is responsible for the coordination, management and welfare of the Traditional Council and its affairs, noting that the Bureau briefed the Governor, on the prolonged absence of some members of the State’s Traditional Council meetings as well as traditional council meetings at the local government level.
He noted that the governor directed that the Bureau should write the affected traditional rulers to find out reasons for their absence saying the formal nature of the letter is what is being misconstrued to be a query.
“As public officers, our traditional rulers act as the direct link between government and their domains; they have expected duties and functions, and as an administrative head, Mr Governor should be aware of reasons why such duties are not being carried out.
“It is on record that some of the Obas had earlier written Mr Governor to give legitimate reasons for their absence which have been accepted. The letter in focus was written to only about 11 Obas whose absence could not be explained and not to the 16 _Pelupelu_ as no erroneously reported.
Oyebode however called on members of the public to disregard such report adding the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi would continue to promote the interest of the traditional leaders.