The Oworo Traditional Council of Kogi State has accused the member representing Lokoja 2 state Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Idris Ndako of masterminding the petition written against the Olu of Oworo, Oba Muhammed Baiyerohi, calling for his dethronement and banishment.
The traditional council said that the purported petition was written by Mr. A.O. Musa; who was Ndako’s personal lawyer on behalf of the Iwomasi ruling House, and read on the floor of state House of Assembly by the lawmaker.
The lawmaker had penultimate week read on the floor of the Assemy, a petition by one of the ruling House, Iwomasi, asking for the removal and banishment of the Olubpf Oworobpn ground that he failed to stay at Agbaja, the headquarters of the Oworo people. A development they termed as ‘desecration of the stool.”
But the traditional council yesterday in Lokoja while addressing a press conference warned the lawmaker to desist from the frivolous petition or face the wrath of the gods.
Spokesperson of the traditional rulers, Chief Aiyedogbon Berida, said from inception, each Olu of Oworo except one, administered Oworoland from their ancestral seat; wondered why the petitioner now called for the Present Olu’s head on ground he was not seated at Agbaja, the headquarters of Oworo people.
“Oworo has no central palace for the Olu. Neither the Lokoja local government nor the Kogi state government has ever made the administration of Oworoland from a particular community in Oworoland an issue.
“The action of Ndako was intended to undermine the Oworo Traditional system as well as cause disaffection among the peace loving people of Oworo land. The petition, requesting the dethronement and banishment of Olu of Oworo is rejected and condemned in its entirety.
“All prime traditional activities are carried out in Agbaja, which includes General council meetings, installation of village heads, Oworo Development Association Annual convention and festivities such as Id-el fitri and Id-el Kabir.
“There is no known Oworo custom, native law and tradition that forbids this practice, let alone the desecration of same.”
The traditional rulers thereafter passed a vote of confidence on the Olu of Oworo, Mallam Mohammed Baiyerohi, Agbosi (11).