The Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, has condemned the placing of fetish objects at the Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akure, Ondo State on Monday morning.
This was contained in a statement issued by Michael Adeyeye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deji, on Monday.
Obi Aladetoyinbo condemned the attitude of those who sealed the entrance of the party secretariat with palm fronds, which is the traditional means of sealing-off premises in Akureland.
The statement reads: “The sacrilegious act carried out at the Ondo State Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress early this morning is condemned in its totality.
“We want to state that carrying out traditional sealing-off of premises remains the prerogative of the palace.
“The Deji of Akure remains non-partisan and a father to all political aspirants and never authorized such.
“The palace is apolitical and therefore should not be dragged into the internal wrangling of any party.”
Adeyeye said Oba Aladetoyinbo frowned at the attitude and wished to inform the general public that such an act did not emanate from the palace as any attempt to desecrate the tradition will be vehemently rebuffed.
The palace spokesman explained that those who carried out the act were not aware of the cultural and traditional implications of the action.
He said that the palace had sent its emissaries to carry out a thorough investigation of the matter and was confident that the culprits would be apprehended in no distant time.
Adeyeye also called on the APC and security agencies to unravel the circumstances behind the abominable act and bring to book those behind the sacrilegious act so as to serve as deterrent.
The fetish object was placed at the locked gate of the APC secretariat.
The object was removed by some party members under the watch of security operatives but the office was yet to be opened as at the time of this report.