Ibadan chieftaincy tussle: Review not meant to witch-hunt Olubadan - Ajimobi

Ibadan chieftaincy tussle: Review not meant to witch-hunt Olubadan - Ajimobi

- Governor Ajimobi of Oyo state has denounced insinuations that there is a discord between him and the Olubadan of Ibadan land

- He said there is a cordial relationship between him and the monarch

- He also explained that the Ibadan chieftaincy law review was not meant to witch-hunt the monarch

The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has explained that the review of the Ibadan chieftaincy law was not meant to disrespect the office of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Ajimobi noted that the alleged discord between him and the traditional ruler was the antics of mischief makers, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that governor said this at the 60th anniversary of his Alma matter, Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan, where the Olubadan was also in attendance.

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The governor declared that the Olubadan would always remain his father.

He emphasised that his decision to review the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law of 1957 is not to witch-hunt the Olubadan, dismissing the insinuation as being mischievous and unfounded.

He said: “Many mischievous people have misconstrued my intention in the process of reviewing the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law of 1957, as a witch-hunt on the person of the Olubadan and the insinuation was mischievous and unfounded.”

Ajimobi said that he still maintains a cordial relationship with the monarch being a younger brother to his late father.

“Baba is a younger brother to my late father and he is also my father. But I will do what I am supposed to do as a governor,” he said.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that an Oyo state High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday, January 19, sacked 21 Ibadan monarchs installed last year by Governor Isiaka Ajimobi.

Justice Aiki declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo state government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

NAIJ.com gathered that the commission had recommended among others the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land and former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

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