…Says politicians have hijacked the monarch’s chieftaincy declaration
The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has given reasons his government would not depose the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, over the ongoing chieftaincy crisis rocking the state.
Ajimobi gave the reasons while fielding questions from the State House Correspondents shortly after he met President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,
The governor, who described Olubadan as his father, said he would continue to accord the monarch with respect, even though he has committed grievous offences that could have warranted his deposition.
“I also mentioned the issue of security to the president. Recall that Oyo State has been in the news because of the issue of Olubadan chieftaincy declaration. So I came to him 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 (President Buhari) that come rain, come sun, 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,” he said.
Ajimobi also stated that the he informed the president that the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration has been hijacked by politicians, one of whom is planning to become a governor after his tenure.
“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.
“So I believe that the Olubadan declaration issue is being hijacked by politicians. But let’s thank God that elders, stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians have intervened and I think reason will prevail. These are the things I have to let the president know,” he said.
He said President Buhari was glad to received him, saying: “He knows that I don’t tell lies.”.