The Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti in the Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Ademola Ajakaye, is dead.
The governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday mourned the passage of the traditional ruler, who was the pioneer chief judge of the state, describing it as a huge loss to the state.
Fayemi, who received the news of the Oba’s passage from the royal family, expressed his condolence to the late monarch’s family, the people of Iyin-Ekiti and the citizens of Ekiti State.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in Ado -Ekiti said that the state had lost one of its most cerebral and colorful royal fathers who combined brilliance with admirable traditional flamboyance.
Fayemi, who described the late monarch as a successful lawyer and respected bencher during his stint in the legal profession, said the late Oluyin was ever willing to avail the government his wise counsel on issues of development and social justice.
He also observed that in spite of the late monarch’s commitment to Christianity, the rich, cultural heritage of the ancient town flourished under his leadership, the same way Iyin-Ekiti witnessed an unprecedented level of development, peace, and prosperity during his reign.
The governor said, “The late Oluyin would be remembered as one of the patriots whose commitment led to the creation and successful take-off of Ekiti State in 1996”.
Fayemi recalled how Oba Ajakaiye vacated his official residence as Chief Judge for the military administrator of the newly created state to live, while he commuted to Ado-Ekiti daily from his personal residence in Iyin Ekiti.
He stated, “On behalf of the government and the good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the members of the immediate and extended families of the late monarch, the Oluyin-in- Council, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and the entire people of Iyin-Ekiti on the passage of our highly revered Kabiyesi, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye. Oyinyosaiye Uyin II.
“Kabiyesi indeed fought a good fight, made his mark in his chosen profession and in the traditional institution. He left a legacy of honor and good name. We shall miss his wise counsel and intellectual input to traditional and developmental issues”, the statement added.