A group known as Concerned Kingmakers of Iwoland of Osun State has demanded the removal of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, for allegedly engaging in acts said to be unbecoming of a traditional ruler.
Penpushing reports that, the kingmakers made the request in a petition written to Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola dated September 9, titled, ’Petition for the removal of Oba Adewale Akanbi(Oluwo of Iwo) from the throne of Iwoland’
The kingmakers comprising of twelve chiefs in the petition explained that, after Akanbi’s coronation in 2016, he declared himself ‘Empreor’, a titled they declared unknown to Iwo history, and also alleged that in July same year, the controversial monarch stirred another controversy declaring that all Yoruba men were entitled to the stool of the Ooni of Ife
Penpushing further reports that, the kingmakers accused Akanbi of engaging in public fight against some notable personalities within and outside his domain, stressing that he has penchant for fighting,
“Oba Adewale Akanbi has penchant for fighting notable personalities within and outside Iwoland. At the moment, Oba Adewale fought Chief Abiola Ogundokun, Imran Adio, (a leading Islamic cleric) whom he removed as Otun Ajanasi. He insulted the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Orangun of Ila, and other prominent Obas in the state,” the petition added.
Penpushing reports that, the embattled monarch in reaction to demand of the kingmakers to remove him alleged in a statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibrahim that those behind the petition were pressured into doing it by ‘a detractor’ ,stressing that the detractor has gone beyond many times to discredit him
“The detractor has gone beyond many times to discredit Oba Akanbi and failed serially. The recent was to divide the kingmakers, but it was dead on arrival. The achievements of Oluwo endeared him to Iwo (people) more. You can’t run down what your children may benefit (from) in the future.”