There seem to have been a new battle between the royal fathers as the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has in a press statement released on Friday accused the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, of ordering his Chief Securiy Officer (CSO), Olawale Kolawole, to push him out of the way during the meeting.
The accusation comes hot on the heels of the traditional rulers summit which held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, last Tuesday.
The Oluwo of Iwo, while narrating the incident which was reported to have occured just after the Ooni of Ife gave his vote of thanks at the event stated that the Ooni ordered that he, Oluwo, be pushed out of the way as the Ooni made his way back to his seat.
A source at the event however told Punch that the Ooni’s CSO, Olawale Kolawole, had indeed brushed the Oluwo who was having a discussion with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau as he appeared to be blocking the Ooni’s seat.
The statement issued by the Oluwo however claimed that the overzealous CSO threatened to push the monarch if he did not give way for Ooni to pass.
The CSO was also claimed to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties for him to “take it easy” as he pushed him out of the way.
The Oluwo’s statement added: “Dignitaries at the event were taken aback by what they considered as a desecration of the crown as the bodyguard of the Ooni pushed a first-class paramount ruler, Oluwo.
“The monarch excused himself in order to maintain peace. The Ooni was observing and he felt satisfied with the action of his guard.”