Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi has said he will not dethrone the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, even though he has taken actions which warrants it.
The governor said this while speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
- Trouble started when Ajimobi appointed 21 Obas and installed them on the same day.
- The Olubadan had condemned the action and sued the governor.
- The Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Ladoja also condemned the move.
- Gunmen had also attacked the palace of the Olubadan, where they opened fire during a meeting.
What Ajimobi said:
- He said the monarch is his father’s younger brother.
- He added that he would do his best to promote peace in the state.
- Ajimobi also said that particular chieftaincy declaration is being politicised.
“You will remember that Oyo state has been in the news because of the issue of Olubadan chieftaincy declaration,” he said.
“So, I came to let him know that the olubadan is my father. He is a younger brother to my own father and we have had a very long relationship, which has been father-son relationship.
“I assured him that come rain, come shine, I will never depose the olubadan because he is a father and a son does not depose his father. Even though he has done so many things that could be used to remove him, I will never remove him. We have to continue to show respect.
“I also made him to realise that that particular chieftaincy declaration is being politicised.
“Politicians have hijacked it. Out of 11 council members, two of them are dead now and we have only nine remaining. It is only one that is not supporting it; and that one that is not supporting it is a politician. He wants to run after I leave office.”