The battle line appears drawn between Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, over the latest demolition of houses in the town.
Residents have been trooping to the palace of the monarch to register their displeasure over the way their properties were demolished without prior notice.
House owners claimed that the recent demolition was not done with human face, with many of the houses brought down with residents’ belongings inside.
The frontline traditional ruler invited Fayose to his palace where he conveyed the feelings of his subject but the governor got angry at the meeting and vowed to continue demolishing houses as part of his urban renewal policy.
The video of the encounter has since gone viral on various social media platforms and it has been generating interest within and outside the state.
Ewi said in the video: “The issue of urban renewal is sensitive, we had anticipated that this will happen and that was why we wrote a letter. You were at the glass shop over there when we said it is likely that houses will be demolished but we all sit down but we said we should all sit down and be carried along before such houses are
“We know that you are doing your work and we cannot say you should not do your work. But my subjects have been coming to the palace to complain that their structures were being demolished without prior notice. One of them complained that he went to work and before returning, the house was demolished with all his belongings inside. That is the issue
“People have been coming here and they have not allowed us to rest here. That of Ijoka was the most serious and that is why I said it is compulsory that I see you (Fayose) that we should both discuss together. We cannot say you should not do your work because we will understand the matter on ground better in another twenty years.
“I don’t want you to say that ‘when I wanted to do my job, the Ado-Ekiti people said I should not do my work.’ What we are saying is that all of us will sit down together, whatever work you want to do, those tobe affected will know ahead of time. Imagine a situation in which somebody goes to work and before he returns now meets his house demolished.”
Having listened to the king, Fayose retorted: