He was deposed for allegedly assaulting his wife, and a new Deji of Akure was crowned. Now that his successor is dead, the deposed Deji of Akure, Oluwadare Adesina, wants the throne he lost years ago back.
Adesina, Tuesday appealed to the Ondo State Government to rescind its decision and vacate the banishment order on him so that he could return to the throne.
His appeal, which came three years after the government’s order, was sequel to the demise of his successor, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, who died recently.
In an emotion-laden letter, Adesina said: “I tasted the good side of life. I now taste the bad side of life. I had fame. I later had shame. I knew glory. I later knew fury. I knew and tasted honour. I have also been brought down to earth. I fell from grace to grass. I have cried many times.”
The letter dated December 19 and addressed to the State Executive Council, was signed by his counsel, Mr. Sola Oke.
According to him, he has learnt his lessons and is ready to return to the throne because it is the turn of his ruling house to present the next candidate for the position.
He said many of the allegations levelled against him that led to his deposition were due to misinformation.
He explained that many of the things he was said to have done never happened and therefore urged the Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and other members of the state executive council to rescind the decision on his deposition and banishment.
Adesina said the allegations that he beat his wife and poured acid on her were not true just as he faulted the claim that he had gone to the scene with hot ashes in a nylon bag, a development he said was impossible.
“I also read it in the papers that I poured hot ashes which I brought in nylon bag on her. Sir, is it not strange that hot ashes was brought in a nylon bag? Why did the nylon not melt?
“Besides, is it not elementary traditional science that if you pour ashes, it will undoubtedly be blown towards you (the pourer).
“Why was I not affected by the ashes myself since I was the one that allegedly poured it? Why was any other person not affected since, by the media accounts, the environment was rowdy and full of people?” he said.
He also debunked the allegation that he was collecting royalty on land in the town, explaining that the only person caught using his name to collect royalty was reported to the police and they allegedly refused to prosecute him.
He also refuted the allegation that he quarreled with the council of chiefs and the kingmakers, adding that there was no step he took, including the removal of the former Lisa of the town, Chief Folorunso Davids, without consulting them.
“Consequent upon the above, I do honestly plead with your good self and the other members of your executive council to kindly rescind your decision on my deposition and banishment and to reinstate me back to my position as the Deji of Akure,” he said.
According to him, since his removal was by the state executive council and not by the court, it was possible for the council to reinstate him.
He also expressed his readiness to withdraw the suit he had instituted to challenge his deposition.
“I do not claim to be a lawyer. I do not also claim that I was a saint. I am human. What I however assure you, Sir, is that I am a new and improved person.
“I have told myself that even though most of the things I did were good, well-intentioned and with the support of my chiefs, I have also known that whatever happened to me, I do not put the blame on anyone. I do accept that there are always better ways to do even the good things I did,” he added.