by on May 29, 2019

The Ekiti State Government has begun moves to implement the decision of the Apex Court on Council relocation.

The Supreme Court had in a judgment delivered by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour on 14th December, 2018 ordered the relocation of Ilejemeje council headquarters from Iye to Eda Oniyo ending a 19-year battle which began at the State High Court.

The apex court held that the establishment of the headquarters of the Local Government in Eda Oniyo was backed by statute and could not be relocated elsewhere without the promulgation of a new law.

The seven-man Committee constituted by the Ekiti State Government to examine the Supreme Court decision on Ilejemeje Local Government headquarters paid a fact-finding visit to Iye and Eda Oniyo on Monday.

The panel chaired by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who interfaced with the people of the two communities, urged them to give peace a chance in the wake of the apex courts verdict.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi said the panel visited the two communities to see what was on ground having received documents from both parties.

Egbeyemi explained the visit was part of the assignment of the panel which would turn in its report to Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The deputy governor stressed that government was interested in ensuring that peace reigns in all communities in the state appealing to indigenes of Iye and Eda Oniyo not to engage in any act that could disrupt the peace enjoyed in the State.

The deputy governor led other members of the panel to visit the present local government secretariat and the palace of the Oniye, where he met with Oba Jonathan Adeleye-Oni and community leaders including Afenifere leader, Senator Ayo Fasanmi.

He also visited Eda Oniyo where a building that has been designated as the temporary local government secretariat and the permanent site of the council secretariat were inspected.

The deputy governor and his team made up of panel members and officials of Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs were received by the Eleda of Eda Oniyo, Oba Julius Awolola.

He said: The Supreme Court judgment is already with us and we have seen copies sent to us. We are not judges but we are members of a committee to report back to the governor.

There is nothing we can say here but we will do justice and uphold the truth. Let us maintain peace because this government is for peace and development.

The Oniye, Oba Adeleye-Oni, described the Supreme Court verdict as a rude shock saying Iye Ekiti has always been functioning as capital of Ilejemeje since time immemorial and even before and during the colonial era.

The Eleda, Oba Awolola, who said the people of his town were anxiously waiting for implementation of the Supreme Court judgment, regretted that his community had been cheated for so long.

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