18th October, 2021
Oyelere Sakirudeen Oyewole has emerged as the new monarch of Fiditi in Oyo state, 13 years after the Onifiditi of Fiditi stool became vacant.
The stool became vacant in 2008 following the death of Oba Amos Ogunkunle.
The new king was presented with his staff of office on Monday at the Afijio Local Government Secretariat Jobele in Oyo town.
Governor Seyi Makinde was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Bashiru Olanrewaju.
Olanrewaju said the process leading to the installation of Oyelere went through a painstaking review of relevant legal, historical and customary factors.
Olanrewaju urged the king to see his installation as a call to service.
“As the Oba of Fiditi town, you should appropriately consult with your brother Obas and other traditional rulers in Afijio to take objective decision in approving appointments into the minor chieftaincies by those customarily and legally entitled to make such appointments.
Oba Oyewole thanked Governor Makinde for giving the people of Fiditi exactly what they wanted over a decade.
He said his ascension will mark a new era in Fiditi.
“I appreciate the governor, every Fiditi descendant both home and in the Diaspora for standing by me and I urge them all to please come home and develop our town.
“What is next for Fiditi is development; this is our first approach and because of the love that Fiditi descendants both at home and in the Diaspora have been showing me since we started the struggle, I know that they are going to support me in developing Fiditi.
The National President, Fiditi Progressive Union, both at home and Diaspora, Samuel Kunle Adetunji, expressed delight “because for the past 13 years, the town has suffered from a vacancy on the stool since the last king passed away.
Adetunji promised to work with the new king to move the town forward because the town is already isolated because of the vacant stool.