The Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Ayodele Obasoyin, has said that if Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State cut a tree referred to as a sacred spot in Ikere, he would die.
The state government is insisting on demolishing the tree seen, and serving as a sacrificial spot for Ikere, saying it was obstructing the ongoing road dualisation in the town.
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The planned demolition of the tree has been trailed by controversy with youths and traditional leaders of the town on Monday resisting attempt by the contractor handling the project to remove the tree.
Speaking to newsmen in his palace, Oba Obasoyin accused Gov. Fayose of plotting to kill him, saying if the tree was cut, he would die.
He said, “Fayose led the police to Ikere saying the tree and the entire shrine must be demolished but it is only when a king dies that the branches of the tree are cut off. Have told the governor not to pass a death sentence on me.
“By ordering the demolition of the tree, which represents my life, Fayose wants to kill me and the people would resist him. My subjects said they don’t want a tenant that will be making life difficult for the owner of the land because I am the owner of Ikere.
“The Ereja is where Ikere people meet once in every year if that tree is removed, it means they have killed the Olukere.”