The Oworo Traditional Council have passed a vote of confidence on the Olu of Oworo, Mallam Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi, Agbosi the second.
Addressing a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Lokoja on Thursday, the royal fathers accused the member representing Lokoja II state constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Idris Ndako of masterminding the petition against the Olu of Oworo, calling for his dethronement and banishment.
Speaking on behalf the Oworo Traditional Council, Chief Aiyedogbon Berida said that the petition submitted to the Kogi State House of Assembly was written by Ndako’s personal lawyer, Mr A.O. Musa.
The petition was written by the Iwomasi, one of the five ruling houses in Oworoland.
Chief Berida explained that from inception each Olu of Oworo, except Olu Mundi, administered Oworoland from their ancestral seat.
He noted that Oworo has no central palace for the Olu, saying that neither the Lokoja local government nor the Kogi state government has ever made the administration of Oworoland from a particular community in the area an issue.
The royal fathers noted that 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.
According to the royal fathers, the petition requesting the dethronement and banishment of Olu of Oworo is rejected and condemned in its entirety.
They informed that all prime traditional activities are carried out in Agbaja, which includes general council meetings, installation of village heads, Oworo Development Association’s annual convention and festivities such as Eid-el fitri and Eid-el Kabir.
The group added that there is no known Oworo custom, native law and tradition, that forbids this practice, let alone the desecration of same.