By Sodiq Lawal
The Royal Traditional Council of Ile-Ife, Osun state, has announced the suspension of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, as the Maye of Ile-Ife over a trending Poetry ” Ewi” On Ooni, Oba Adeyeyi Enitan Ogunwusi, allegedly released to defame the stool and character of the front line monarch.
The royal council in a statement jointly signed by Balufe of Ife, HRM Oba Idowu Adediwura and Lowa Adimula, Ife Oba Adekola Adeyeye stated that Chief Adedoyin should not hence forth parade himself as the Maye of Ife.
The royal council alleged that Chief Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, the Oloyere of Oyere were the brain behind the production of the tape.
According to the release, “After the exhaustive deliberations and investigation with the invitation of some close associates and cohorts of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife, which includes, Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyede of Oyere, it was discovered that Chief Ramon was the financier of the production of the tape.
“That Chief Ramo Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife is the financier and brain behind the release of the “Ewi” in circulation”
“The paramount stool of the Ooni of Ife has been desecrated with this singular action among several others done in the recent time. The Ooni of Ife and house of Oduduwa is the chief custodian of honorary titles and hence suspends the tittle”
“That beyond reasonable doubt, Chief Ramon Adedoyin and his cohorts like Oba Adeoye Adefarakan have committed offences of defaming the stool and character of Ooni of Ife, assault and the libelous release of the “Ewi” remains indelible and all these acts are conduct likely to cause breach of peace”
“That all the parties involved in the meeting passed the vote of no confidence in Chief Ramon Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan”
“That the house of Oduduwa henceforth suspend the Chieftaincy title of Maye of Ife that was bestowed on Chief Ramon Adedoyin until further notice”
“Chief Ramon Adedoyin should not parade himself as Maye of Ife until he absolve himself of his disloyalty and betrayal of the stool of Ooni and House of Oduduwa”
“We therefore implored all the sons and daughters of Ife to maintain peace and order in the nooks and crannies of Ile-Ife and its environment”
However, in a phone conversation with our correspondent, Chief Adedoyin said the traditional council has no power to remove him as Maye. He said Maye is not a traditional title but an honorary title bestowed on him by late Ooni Sijuwade Okunade.
He added that he has a very cordial relationship with Ooni Ogunwusi and he has no any personal issue with the Royal father since he lost the context to him.
It would be recalled that a poem (Ewi) tape, allegedly defaming the Ooni, had been circulating for a while. The tape, which is captioned “Oba Awakusa” was said to have been sent from the UK.