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Why I won’t depose Olubadan, Ajimobi tells Buhari

…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.”.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.