The youngest traditional ruler in Ekiti State, Elepe of Epe-Ekiti, Oba Ayodeji William Adesoye has received the instrument of appointment and staff of office with a call on traditional rulers to exercise their power with fear of God and eschew acts that can cause disaffection in their domains.

Performing the ceremony in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said the traditional rulers needed to be tolerant, painstaking and always respect people’s opinion while making their decision.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Governor Fayemi maintained that his administration had no special interest in the filling of vacant stools in any town but to ensure peace, progress and harmony across the state.

He urged the people of Epe-Ekiti to support the new monarch to ensure rapid growth in the community, saying that the late Elepe Oba Emmanuel Agbeleoba tried a lot for the development of the town.

Earlier, the permanent secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Adeniyi Familoni noted that the processes leading to the installation of Oba Adesoye were done in an atmosphere of peace and in accordance with Ekiti chieftaincy laws.

In his acceptance speech, the Elepe of Epe-Ekiti, Oba Ayodeji Adesoye who could not hide his joy, appreciated Ekiti State government, kingmakers, family, friends and the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Adewole for their roles during the selection process.

Oba Adesoye promised to lead by example with a call on Ekiti Government to help rehabilitate all the roads linking Epe-Ekiti to other towns in Ijero Local Government.

The brief ceremony held at the Governor’s Office Conference Hall, Ado-Ekiti, had in attendance High Chiefs, Obinrin Ile, family and friends from Epe-Ekiti and the Ijero Local Government Area officials led by the Chairman, Mr Ropo Ige among others.

Oriola Afolabi


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