In a bid to press home their demand for a monarch, residents of Ipesi Akoko in Akoko East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday took to the streets to protest against the State Governments failure in appointing a monarch for the community in the past 16 years.
The protesters, comprising youths and women, who were chanting various solidarity songs, said the community had not been witnessing development as a result of the monarch’s absence.
Some placards of the protesting carried inscriptions such as ‘we don’t need Lagos Regent,’ ‘We need an oba’, ‘Ipesi has suffered enough give us an Oba,’ ’16 years without an oba, no more Lagos regent.’
Speaking, one of the protesters and Youth Leader Mr. Katola Kayode said Ebomi Lake one of the flourishing tourist centers in the state is now abandoned and neglected due to lack of monarch.
He said, “Appointment of a regent is very alien to Ipesi tradition, we don’t want regent again, we want an Oba.