The major spare parts market in Ondo State, which is located at Ilesa garage, Akure, the State capital is currently embroiled in a leadership crisis.
With the traders appealing to relevant authorities to intervene in the matter before it snowballs into a dangerous crisis, they alleged that the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi has made perfect moves to impose someone on them as chairman of the market.
According to the traders, who were armed with placards bearing various inscriptions, the monarch wants to impose one Kayode Olorunfemi, as chairman of the spare parts markets, stressing that he has been Chairman of the market for the past 11 years.
Some of the inscriptions on the placard read “Let Peace Reign,” “Aketi Come To Our Rescue,” “Enough of Autocratic Ruling,” and “We Want Peace In Mojere Market”, among others.
They emphasised that they were tired of Olorunfemi and he should relinquish the chairmanship position after forcefully staying in office for eleven years.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting traders, Kole Amueyinoge said “we are tired of the continuous imposition of Kayode Olorunfemi on us. We have dragged him before Deji of Akure who appealed to us to give him 12 months to wind up his tenure.
According to him, the embattled chairman refused to vacate office despite spending eleven years, adding that the traditional ruler was aiding the crisis in the market by insisting that the embattled chairman should continue in office.
Reacting to the protest against him, the embattled chairman, Olorunfemi, described the protesting traders as lazy bones, just as he maintained that he remains the chairman of the spare parts market.
According to him, there was no crisis in the market, but those protesting are sponsored thugs who have no business in the market.
On the allegation of imposition by the Akure monarch, Oba Aladelusi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Micheal Adeyeye, said though the market is a traditional market which was built by the palace but the monarch has no special interest in the leadership of the market.
Adeyeye said, “The Deji of Akure only installed a traditional leader in the market and not chairman. He waded into the crisis and a caretaker committee was set up to conduct an election.
“But the committee realized that most traders who traveled during the last Christmas and new year period have not returned and they have to postpone the election till March this year.”
Ondo spare parts traders protest alleged imposition of chairman by Deji of Akure