The squabble between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and the thirteen kingmakers assumed another dimension on Thursday as the monarch was alleged to have been embezzling allocation due to chiefs and baales since his ascension on the throne.
The kingmakers during a meeting in Iwo presided over by the second-in-command to Oluwo, Chief Yekeen Orobimpe, said, Oba Akanbi has been taking decisions that have contributed to the disintegration of Iwo land, involved in several controversies, which was why they petitioned the governor for his removal.
Chief Orobimpe stated that the chiefs and baales have called Oluwo’s attention to the issue and have asked him to desist from short changing them but he disregarded their advice and pleas.
“We have tried on several occasions to correct him on some of his wrongdoings but he felt that what he is doing is the best. We can’t continue with all his anomalies, it will bring disgrace to us (kingmakers), the community and the state even the Yoruba culture.
“We sat down to deliberate on the issues and advise him but he reneges on his promises. So, we agreed to do something about it. We agreed upon the interest of kingmakers, Iwo community and Osun State that he should be removed from the stool. Before his emergence, we have Ola-Oluwa and Aiyedire local government enjoying good cordiality but there is nothing like that anymore. Is it good to suspend an Oba from the council of oba?
“Sometime he will give us N3,500, N4,000 per month out of the allocation he received, a times he won’t give us anything. When we call his attention to it, he said we should go and find a job. We are resolute on his removal.”
Meanwhile, there were protests against the call for Oluwo’s removal by the kingmakers on Thursday morning, as women and youths took to the streets of Iwo chanting anti-removal songs.
Youths gathered in front of the palace singing in protest against the call of the monarch’s dethronement. Women also later joined the youths in the solidarity protest in support of Oba Akanbi.