Alawo stool: ‘We won’t issue staff of office’ — Adeleke

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News of plan to issue a fresh staff of office to the Alawo of Awo, Oba Taiwo Adegboye, has been debunked by the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke.

Governor Adeleke also described as untrue reports in some sections of the media that his administration was taking steps contrary to the dictates of rule of law.

Adeleke debunked the information in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed and obtained by SKYBLAST on Monday.

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In the statement, he clarified that Taiwo Adegboye was installed as the Alawo of Awo and issued with a staff of office in September 2022 by the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola.

While reiterating the commitment of his administration to the rule of law, the Osun governor revealed that the government will not impugn judicial decisions or tamper with the peace and stability of any community in the society.

The statement said, “We are constrained to inform the public that insinuations of a plan by the Adeleke administration to issue fresh staff of office on Awo stool are untrue.

“The crisis on the Awo stool preceded the administration of Governor Adeleke as Taiwo Adegboye, who is at the centre of the issue, was installed as Alawo several months before his (Adeleke) assumption of office.

“It is worth noting that he (Taiwo Adegboye) was issued staff of office by the previous administration, and so, it is unfounded that Adeleke is planning to issue a staff of office that has already been issued.”

“As a government committed to the fairness and rule of law, we recognize the right of Taiwo Adegboye to exhaust legal options on the Obaship tussle, which at the moment is before the Supreme Court.

“We must also note that Taiwo Adegboye has sought a stay of execution on the judgement of the Appeal Court, hence, the government decision to maintain status quo pending the full determination of the litigation.

“Available information is that Taiwo Adegboye is celebrating the anniversary of his installation and not installation or presentation of new staff of office as erroneously being speculated,” it stated.

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