Traditional chiefs and youths of Ikere Ekiti have berated the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu for allegedly stating at a public function that the traditional ruler of the town, was recently jailed for days over a murder case.
Acting under the auspices of the Ogoga-in Council and Supreme council of Ikere youths respectively, they threatened to institute a legal action against the former member of the national assembly.
Senator Ojudu , it would be recalled, had last Friday while declaring his intention to contest for Ekiti governorship election alleged that governor Ayodele Fayose was behind the arrest and imprisonment of the monarch of Ikere-Ekit.
He, however, did not mention the name of the monarch he was referring to during the well attended rally.
The Olukere of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin was last December arrested, detained for days and recently released from the prison custody over alleged murder.
Alleging that Ojudu was referring to the Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu Alagbado as the monarch allegedly arrested and detained, the Ogoga-in- council, who are traditional chiefs in the Ogoga’s cabinet, said Ojudu goofed with his statement and described such statement as embarrassing to the Ikere people since, according to them,: ” the paramount ruler of Ikere remains the Ogoga, Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu Alagbado.”
The Ogoga-in -Council, in a press briefing at Ogoga’s the palace on Tuesday, which statement was read and signed by Prof. Babatola Olufemi, the Sapetu of Ikere land, said: ” We have no problems with Ojudu:s ambition to become a governor. It is even a welcome development since the arena is free for all Ekiti indigenes.
“We are however embarrassed by the pronouncement of Senator Babafemi Ojudu during his declaration to contest the Governorship of Ekiti State… to the effect that Ikere monarch was arrested locked up in prison by Governor Fayose.
“We are also disappointed for the following reasons, Senator Ojudu used to be known as a journalist of repute which means he was expected to know that quality news should be the truth based on facts. He chose to ignore that principle, Ojudu was one time a Senator representing Ekiti State at the NASS and therefore one would assume he would know the state he once represented and the traditional rulers of the state.”
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