Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, has boasted that he will spend 67 years on the throne.
Akanbi stated this while addressing supporters who paid a solidarity visit to him at his palace in Iwo, Osun State, on Friday to protest the demand for his removal by 12 out of 13 kingmakers in the town.
Yekeen Bello, the Osa of Iwo, who is the leader of the kingmakers in Iwo, had alongside 11 other chiefs forwarded a petition to Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, asking for the removal of the monarch for alleged gross misconduct.
But some residents of the town, including princes, Islamic clerics, commercial motorcyclists, traders and students converged on Oluwo palace on Friday evening to rally support for the monarch.
Prince Lekan Lamuye, an indigene of the town, while addressing the protesters at Oluwo’s palace, said efforts to remove the monarch would fail because his people want him on the throne.
He said: “We, the people of Iwo, will resist any attempt by the king’s detractors to remove, malign or defame him. Iwo has witnessed tremendous development since he was enthroned; this is the tempo we must sustain.”
Responding, the Oluwo, who has spent four years on the throne, said he would live for 120 years and spend another 67 years on the throne.
He assured the people that the development of Iwo would be pursued with more seriousness.
He said: “I have 67 more years to spend on the throne; I am going to live for 120 years. Those who want me out and want to become Oluwo should wait because this is my time.
“Today is my judgment day, it has come and now the people are the judges. It is now obvious that I’m in my people’s good books. That is why you are all standing here in support of me.
“Leaders must always strive for the development of their people. If I have not been good to you, my people, you would have stoned me today. Inasmuch as I’m loved by my people, nobody can dethrone me. Forgive the kingmakers, I still consider them as my children and they can make mistakes.”