Onitele: Ogun monarch’s selection followed due process, says palace

The Palace of Onitele of the Itele-Ota Kingdom in Abeokuta, Ogun State has kicked against the suit filed against the king Oba Musiliu Ademola Eletu-Ashorota.

According to Vanguard, the Secretary of Onitele Palace, Azeem Salako in a statement described the suit as baseless and frivolous.

Salako who decried the suit said it was aimed at ridiculing the stool of the Onitele of Itele-Otta kingdom.

Adogun Atele who joined the contest for the stool of Itele-Ota Kingdom filed a suit against the crowned king alleging illegality in the process of choosing the king.

The Palace scribe refuting the allegation in the statement said the process that led to the emergence of Oba Eletu-Ashorota, followed due process

He added that it was in accordance with the law on the appointment and installation of a traditional ruler in Onitele of Itele-Otta Awori kingdom.

He said, “the palace of the Onitele of Itele-Ota Kingdom wishes to state firmly that the process that led to the emergence of our highly respected monarch, HRM Oba Musiliu Ademola Eletu-Ashorota was not only by popular demand, it equally followed the due process in accordance to the law that is stipulated for the appointment and installation of a traditional ruler vis; Onitele of Itele-otta Awori kingdom”.

“Therefore, the people of Itele-Otta Awori and our respected monarch will not lose sleep over the baseless and frivolous accusation of
Adogun Atele.

“There is a judgment affirmed that there is no Adogun Atele in the history of Itele-Otta which went from the High Court of Otta, to the Appellate Court in Ibadan. Ditto a subsisting Supreme Court judgment (SC720/2018) as recent as 2020 delivered by My Lordship Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour who having heard the prayers of the appellants (Adogun Atele), apparently irritated by their frivolities, pronounced their appeal as null and void, lacking any merit and to that extent dismissed the case in its entirety.

“This is inarguably the most recent Supreme Court judgment on the matter. It is not unexpected that they will, and as they are carrying about a case that has been dismissed by the apex court. It is in their behaviour to create deliberate misunderstanding and confusion to mislead the unsuspecting public”.