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One month after the demise of Deji of Akure, late Oba Adebiyi Adesida, his first daughter, Princess Adetutu Adesida-Dike, has been installed as the Regent of the town till the enthronement of another king.
Adesida, who was the Chairman of the state Council of Obas, died on December 1, 2013 in his palace, after a brief illness.
The installation of the Regent took place at the palace Saturday evening and was carried out by the chiefs.
Speaking with journalists at the palace, the Adesida-Dike Adesida-Dike, a United States of America (USA)- based pharmacist, said she would do her best to contribute to the development of the town during the duration of her regency, saying " I take it up where my father stopped with the help of almighty God."
She explained: "The regency cannot disturb my role as a mother and wife and as a career woman, I have also taken leave of absence from my place of work in the United States, my husband knows that I am a Princess before he agreed to marry me and he also knows that anytime my father died as a king, I have to assume this position, so there won't be any problem.
"I know this is a duty I have to perform, so I have called on my God to help me to succeed in the journey and also by God will help the kingmakers to choose the right person to be the next king."
She then called on the state government and the entire people of Akure land to give her their supports in order to succeed in the task.
Meanwhile, the family of Olori Bolanle, the late wife of the deposed Deji of Akure, Oluwadare Adesina, has appealed to the Ondo State Government and the Council of Chiefs in Akure to consider the reinstatement appeal of the deposed monarch.
The late Bolanle was the wife of Adesina, who was alleged to have been battered by the deposed monarch on May 30, 2010, leading to the removal and banishment of Adesina on June 10, 2010 by the state government.
The deposed Deji, had last week written a letter to the state government and Akure, Council of Chiefs pleading for reinstatement following the death of his successor, Adesida on December 1, 2013.
But the family of High Chief Ojumu Fadeyi of Owo, in a press release made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday, said both families had since reconciled and viewed the incident of 2010 as blown out of proportion.
According to the statement, signed by the head of the family, Chief Akinola Fadeyi and its Secretary, Mr. Olanrewaju Fadeyi, the family said it was aware of the letter written to the state government by Adesina and agreed with the content of the letter, pleading for his reinstatement as the Deji of Akure.
The statement read: "We have read the said letter from the print media and we have also heard the comments on the letter from the public domain, particularly media discourse on same. We are particularly touched by the frank, honest and humble content of the said letter. We are more touched by the gestures of forgiveness, godliness and love extended to our daughter even in her death and the dignity with which her memory has been treated by her husband.
“Our family has considered all the issues that ensued before, during and after the deposition n and banishment of our in-law, Oba Oluwadare Adepoju Adesina, and we, by this forum (as we had done on many occasions before), appeal to Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the good people of Akure to please consider the appeal of our in-law,” the statement read in part.
The family also recalled the efforts made by Bolanle to prevent the punishment given to her husband over the incident by making frantic pleas to the government over the issue in 2010.
“We have since reconciled our differences and it is our belief that rescinding the orders of deposition and banishments would be more in tandem with the wishes of our late daughter – Olori Bolanle Adesina nee Fadeyi – who practically went about pleading with all that mattered for her husband’s reinstatement before her death,” the family stated.