All is currently not well among traditional rulers in Ekiti State who are on the aegis of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers over covert support for some candidates in the June 21 governorship election in the state.
Investigations by our correspondent in Ado-Ekiti showed that the council is now polarised among those supporting Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Governor Ayodele Fayose of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele of Labour Party (LP).
The traditional ruler of Isan-Ekiti, the hometown of Fayemi, had some days ago prevented Bamidele and Fayose from campaigning in his domain.
The monarch of Iyin-Ekiti, Bamidele’s hometown, was also asked by his youths not allow Fayemi into his palace on May 1, but as a sitting governor, he had his way by force.
On May 2, Fayemi could also not meet the Alafao of Afao-Ekiti, the ruler of Fayose’s hometown.
Also, the Onipole of Ipole-Iloro-Ekiti, who was once a special assistant to Fayemi, does not like to see Fayose or Bamidele.
He even erected a big billboard in the centre of the town to canvass support for Fayemi despite having left his position as SA to the governor.
A source described the situation as dangerous for the polity, as it means whoever wins the poll, some monarchs will be in trouble.
This is even as only few among the Obas see themselves as fathers of all politicians in the state.
Now, uneasy calm reigns in the council and their meetings are no longer as cordial as it used to be, as they no longer freely relate with themselves because of political differences.