Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, on Friday, told residents of the town that he would spend 67 more years on the throne.
Some residents of the ancient town had thronged his palace on a solidarity visit and to express displeasure at the petition dated September 9, 2020, by the 13 kingmakers urging Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, to remove him from the throne over alleged misconduct.
Addressing the people in his palace, Oba Akanbi said: “I have 67 more years to spend on the throne, I’m going to live for 120 years. Those who want me out and want to become Oluwo should wait because this is my time.
“With this crowd that engaged in solidarity walk, it is now obvious that I am in the good book of my people. That is why you are all standing in support of me.
“Leaders must always strive for the development of their people. If I had not been good to you, my people, you would have stoned me today. In as much as I am being loved by my people, nobody can remove me from being the king,” he said.
The monarch begged the residents to forgive the kingmakers, urging them to be brave and strong. He assuring them that the town will continue to witness good things during his reign.
The representative of the four ruling houses in Iwo, Prince Lekan Lamuye, said all the ruling houses are behind Oba Akanbi, adding that no chief can remove him as long as he enjoys the support of his subjects.