13th August, 2010
Head of Akure Kingmakers, and the Odopetu of Akure, High Chief Micael Falade who had earlier opposed the selection of Oba Adebiyi Adesida, today recanted his earlier stance.
He was not only present at the presentation of instrument of office to Oba Adesida but also told journalists that contrary to earlier reports, the majority of the kingmakers voted for the selection of the monarch.
Falade’s U-turn has now laid to rest the controversy over the Deji of Akureland selection process.
He had earlier stated that one of the candidates who vied for the stool, Prince Ademola Adegoroye got the highest votes.
However, Falade while speaking with journalists immediately after the presentation of staff of office to the new Deji by Governor Olusegun Mimiko said: â€œWell, I can assure you, the state government and all my fellow kingmakers that the majority of the kingmakers voted for the new Deji, Oba Adebiyi Adesida who was given staff of office today. We are going to unite behind him.
â€œSo, there will be no problem, there will be no rancour, there will be no court case or no crisis, they should support the Deji. We made all the contestants to enter into an undertakingÂ at the beginning of the selection process that none of them will foment trouble when the winner eventually emerges. And this is our stance.
“We wish the Kabiyesi many years on the throne and pray that under him Akure will attain more greatness and we thank our Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, for giving us a level playing field.â€