By Adeboye Ado
One hundred and thirty royal fathers under the aegis of 130 Krowns’ club in Ondo State, Thursday September 17, converged for their grand monthly Summit in the University town of Akungba-Akoko, Akoko South West Local Government Area.
The chief host, the paramount ruler of Akungba Kingdom, Oba Isaac Sunday Adeyeye, Ajimo III, was resplendent and magnificent in hospitality to the array of kings that attended the colourful event that took place at the Oba’s Palace in Akungba, suing for peace, unity and violence-free gubernatorial election next month.
The pomp and pageantry that greeted the occasion made Akungba to stand still and agog for the rare title holders and traditional leaders.
Gaily dressed indigenes and residents of the University town trooped out in their numbers to warmly welcome the monarchs, with delightful dances and captivating songs.
Speaking after their closed door meeting, the Vice President of the club, the Akpinsa of Ipinsa, near Akure, Oba Olunfumilayo …, stated that the significance of the joint Royal Summit was to sue for peace, unity and to say: ‘no to violence’ ahead of the gubernatorial election slated for 10 October 2020.
In his words: “We don’t want violence in Ondo State, we are holding this meeting just to advise our people, because we don’t want the re-occurence of 1983 election violence and mayhem, which pitched the supporters of UPN (late ex Governor Adekunle Ajasin) against that of NPN (former Ex Deputy Governor Chief Akin Omoboriowo).
He also stated that the rationale behind monthly summit is for the monarchs to familiarize themselves socially with other communities in the State.
Earlier on, the host monarch Alale of Akungba, appreciated his royal colleagues for visiting his domain, Akungba Community, which houses the State University Adekunle Ajasin University, AAUA.
The Alale also took the distinguished rulers around Akungba town, especially the vast University campus.
The young royal who mounted the saddle three years ago, also declared that the successful Summit would clear the doubts of cynics who peddle rumours that Alale’s stool was not recognized by the Council of traditional rulers in the State.
Meanwhile, the league of Obas paid condolence visit to the family of their immediate past President, the Owa Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, who joined his ancestors a few weeks ago.
While appreciating the guests for their attendance, the Olori of Okele, High Chief Adesegunota Ado lauded the monarchs for their strong support for Oba Adeyeye, Ajimo III.
The chief imam of Akungba, Shitiu Arikewuyo described the the 130 Krowns as revered fathers whose commitment remains unwavering in the face of social decadence and political changes.