According newsmen, the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has barred the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, from wearing a crown.
Fayose accused the media of complicity in the supremacy battle between the Olukere and the Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu.
The governor accused reporters of supporting the Olukere in his quest to regain official recognition for his stool.
This was withdrawn in 1989 when the then military government stopped the payment of his monthly stipends.
Fayose made the allegation when he hosted the Ogoga and his chiefs who visited him at the Governor’s Office.
The governor maintained that “the Olukere is not an Oba”.
“I’m warning you reporters to stop referring to him as a monarch, he is an ordinary chief.”
According to him, “Olukere, as a chief priest, should stop parading himself as a king, having not got a staff of office, a symbol of recognition from the government”.
Fayose said: “This nonsense must stop. You cannot come here dressed like an oba or go to the Assembly and dress like an oba.
“And these media people are backing him. How can you be referring to an ordinary chief as an oba? The monarch, which monarch?
“Did you give him the staff of office? Where did you get your monarch? The reporters in this state should be charged to court. We should charge the press to court for sheer misappropriation.
“You should stop all these nonsense and stop causing problems in the state. If Olukere believes he wants to be oba. Let him follow due process. With the way he has started, I think it is an uphill task.
“For me, the issues in Ikere, about the obaship tussle are very clear, I’m not saying this because you are here or your chiefs are here. There are no two obas in Ikere, there is only one oba and the oba is Ogoga. I only recognise the Ogoga of Ikere.”
Oba Adu dispelled insinuations that he bribed Fayose with N20 million to win the Ogoga stool.