The Ogun State House of Assembly has disclosed plans to pass a bill that will bar traditional rulers in the state from attending political rallies.
The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, said this on Wednesday during a public hearing on the Traditional Council Bill 2021.
The bill seeking to regulate burial and installation rites of traditional rulers has generated controversy in the state.
But the Speaker said the proposed legislative framework goes beyond the burial rites of the monarchs.
Oluomo insisted that any politicians that need the support of a king should go to his palace to solicit for it rather than inviting them to rallies.
The Speaker, who lamented that the Yoruba traditional institution had been abused by some intruders, noted that it is “a disgrace for traditional rulers to be attending rallies with politicians.”
The Speaker however stressed that it was important to bar traditional rulers from attending political rallies so as to return the institution to its pride of place and honour.
He added; “they now turn our king to politicians; when they want to do a campaign, it is a must for a king to follow them which is not proper.
“You will see some kings in Ogun State following a governor to rallies; they will be following the governor to anywhere he is going.
“We call them kings and a king must be at his palace. When the governor or president wants to campaign, they should go and meet them at the palace.”