Ajimobi succumbs to pressure, approves Ibadan high chiefs’ promotion
Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has finally succumbed to pressure mounted on him in connection to his threat on the recent promotion of some high chiefs in Ibadan. It would be recalled that IBPulse reported the government ordered the Olubadan-in-Council to reverse the promotion within 48 hours or face dire actions.
But all seems to be well following the intervention of the Ibadan Elders Forum which set up a meeting between the Olubadan-in-Council and Oyo state government at the Agodi GRA residence of the president of the council Ambassador Olusola Saanu.
Nigerian Tribune reported that after series of reconciliatory meetings at the residence of former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States (US), Ambassador Saanu, the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the representative of the Olubadan of Ibadan, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, shook hands after they had addressed the press.
The first meeting was held by 10.00 a.m. The governor joined the meeting at 1.00 p.m and left by 2.20 p.m.
He came back around 6.34 p.m. for another round of meeting, with the elders already seated, waiting for him in the living room of the building.
By afternoon, the meeting became fuller with representatives of Ibadan Progressives Union (IPU), led by Very Reverend Ademola Moradeyo, who had earlier held a meeting with the governor at his office in the Secretariat.
Other prominent Ibadan personalities, traditional chiefs and representatives of the Olubadan were also in attendance.
After the meeting, journalists were invited for a briefing around 7.30 p.m.
Leading the address, the president of Ibadan Elders Forum, Ambassador Saanu, thanked all the stakeholders, in particular, Governor Ajimobi, who, he said, graciously honoured the invitation of the forum.
According to him, the governor had given provisional approval for the Olubadan chiefs to retain their positions, adding that they would, thereafter, follow due process in the promotion level later.
“We thank God for using the good elders of this land to resolve this issue peacefully. We have been having this meeting since 10.00 a.m. and immediately we summon the governor, he answered us.
“After we have had a meeting with the governor in the morning, we later invited the affected chiefs to present their grievances to the governor.
“It was only a misunderstanding and the matter has been resolved amicably. We are grateful to the governor and we promise that the chiefs will follow set down regulations for their promotion,” he said.
Also, former Prelate of Methodist Church, Most Reverend Sunday Ola Makinde, thanked the governor and the representatives of the Olubadan, adding that God intervened and that the crisis had been settled by the Ibadan elders.
“The high chiefs have agreed to follow due process and the governor has given provisional approval to retain their positions,” he said.
The new Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, who spoke on behalf of the elevated high chiefs, said the issue had been resolved and forgotten, while he commended the Ibadan elders for their intervention.
“We have all agreed with the governor, because he is my brother and we are one family in Ibadan,” he said.
Stating the position of the government, Governor Ajimobi said “we thank God for the elders. Our elders are committed to peace in Ibadanland and our king has shown that he is a good monarch. He contributed to my success as governor.
“In this case, brothers are fighting and elders have intervened. There is no cause for further misunderstanding. We will perfect the papers because the issue has been resolved by men of impeccable character. Due process will now take place. Sometimes, you get married before perfecting marriage ceremony,” he said.
Others in attendance at the meeting were president, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) Wole Akinwande; High Chief Eddy Oyewole, Dr Lekan Are, Chief Bayo Akande, Chief Kola Daisi, Chief Bode Amoo, Chief Adegboyega Arulogun, Professor Femi Lana, Chief Yunus Akande and former Head of Service, Professor Oladapo Afolabi.