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Aladetoyinbo becomes new Deji of Akure; Regent says ‘I wasn’t briefed’

The Ondo State Government has ratified the unanimous appointment of Prince Kole Aladetoyinbo by the kingmakers in Akureland as the new Deji of the town and the king-elect will soon be given his staff of office at a ceremony Government will announce.
But the Regent of Akureland, Princess Adetutu Adesida-Dike, isn’t happy with being left in the dark about the entire process, which she admits has been transparent according to reports she heard. She however agreed it would be taboo for the new monarch to meet her in the palace as Regent. She became Regent in 2013 following the death of her father, Oba Adebiyi Adesida.
Aladetoyinbo, who hails from the Osupa Ruling House, was unanimously appointed by the kingmakers on Sunday, among other 13 princes that contested for the stool, at their meeting of June 7, 2015.
Protesters loyal to the deposed Deji of Akure, Prince Adesina Adepoju, had hit the streets of Akure, demanding that Adesina be reinstated and Aladetoyinbo’s selection ignored. Although they marched to the State House, no government official spoke with them.
Spokesman of Akure kingmakers and Asamo of Akure, Chief Rotimi Olusanya, said the performance of the traditional rite for the new Deji would continue, stressing that nothing could stop the installation process.
Contrary to speculations and her own admission, the Regent of Akure has an exit plan – marriage. She is happily married. She lived and worked in the US as a pharmacist before assuming the Regency.
On December 30, 2013 Thisday newspapers quoted her as saying: “The regency cannot disturb my role as a mother and wife and as a career woman. I have also taken leave of absence from my place of work in the United States. My husband knows that I am a Princess before he agreed to marry me and he also knows that anytime my father died as a king, I have to assume this position, so there won’t be any problem.”


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