The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has called for calm over the court judgment that removed his second-in-command, Idowu Adediwura of Aga ruling house as the Obalufe of Iremo.
The monarch said efforts were on to resolve the matter amicably.
The stool was occupied by Oba Idowu Adediwura, until an Osun State High Court voided his selection and installation as Obalufe.
A statement by Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, said Ooni Ogunwusi described the matter as a “pure family affair.”
The royal father explained that the plaintiff and defendant were members of the same big family in Iremo quarters of Ife and commended the concerned parties for their peaceful approach and maturity regarding the matter.
He, however, maintained that Adediwura would remain in office as Obalufe till the final determination of the case by the court.
“We must place the interest of Ile Ife above any selfish interest and also be upright in our dealings. Nigerians have the right to take any issue to court to seek clarifications and the Ooni commends those involved for lawfully presenting their cases legitimately before a law court.
“While consultations are ongoing to resolve the matter out of court, all parties must however remain calm and obedient to the country’s judicial system.
“The Palace is aware of the recent court judgment as well as the appeal filed by the defendant against the pronouncement. These attest to the fact that it is an ongoing matter and we must treat it as such for we are all respecters of rule of law and the overall interest of the kingdom of Ife is paramount.
“Once we get to the end of all the court processes with the final verdict given by the Court of Appeal, the Ooni will not hesitate to do the needful.
“In this regard, the complainant and the defendant must continue to show their utmost loyalty to the kingdom of Ife by shunning actions and utterances that are capable of misleading the public,” the statement said.