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Produce new monarch within 14 days, Ekiti govt. tells Ipao kingmakers

The Ekiti State Government has given the kingmakers at Ipao-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government a 14-day ultimatum to fill the royal stool of Obanla, which has been vacant for four years.

Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi gave the ultimatum, on Wednesday, at a meeting with the kingmakers in his office in Ado-Ekiti.

He expressed dismay that the town had been without a traditional ruler since 2016.

NAN reports that the former monarch, Oba Joseph Aina, who ascended the throne in 1962, joined his ancestors in 2016, after a 54-year reign.

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The deputy governor said government would abide by the 1982 Ipao-Ekiti Chieftaincy gazette, stipulating that it was the turn of the Adesogan ruling house to produce the next monarch.

According to him, the development and progress of any town without a traditional ruler will be adversely affected, hence the need to fill the stool as early as possible.

Egbeyemi said the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration was desirous of promptly filling vacant stools to ensure smooth running of communities and the need to give them direction at all times.