—–Thousands of Ajimobi can’t stop me from being Olubadan if God wills
By Arowona Abdulazeez
The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and former
governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja,
has said the state governor has shown beyond
reasonable doubt that he is the prime target of
the review of Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration
by asking him to either “join in the mockery of
obaship and agree to be made a government-
appointed oba” or forfeit his right to the throne.
Ladoja, who spoke through his media aide,
Alhaji Lanre Latinwo, said he remained the Osi
Olubadan of Ibadanland and would neither
agree to being a government-appointed oba
with no domain, chiefs and subjects nor
“support attempt at desecrating the Olubadan
Latinwo, in the statement, said “thousands of
Ajimobi can’t stop Ladoja from becoming the
Olubadan if it is the will of God,” advising the
governor to stop playing God.
“High Chief Ladoja believes that only God
chooses the Olubadan as clearly demonstrated
in the divine enthronement of the current
Olubadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu
Adetunji, who was three steps to the throne.
“May God lengthen the years and reign of Oba
Adetunji in sound health. We will like to make it
clear that thousands of Ajimobi can’t stop
Ladoja from becoming the Olubadan if it is the
will of God.
“People continue to ask the question why the
mockery of obaship in Ibadanland is the most
important thing to Ajimobi of all the challenges
facing his government. It is now clear that
Ajimobi has found in this futile exercise, a
distraction from his six years of misgovernment
in the state.
“Ajimobi is using temporary executive power for
ego trip and feels that he is humiliating
perceived enemies and also playing God. Why
should the governor turn himself into a
kingmaker, ignoring the long-established
peaceful, self-reforming chieftaincy system of
Ibadanland that has become the envy of many
cities because it is rancour-free?
“Today, August 29, makes it exactly 21 months
to the expiry of Ajimobi’s governorship. The
state will surely be freed from the stranglehold
of the Emperor and the office will outlive the
officer. Very soon, Ajimobi’s portrait will join
those of ex-governors hung on the wall of the
Executive Council Chambers. Whatever has a
beginning must surely have an end.
“Again, we will like to appeal to the people of
Ibadanland to remain calm and peaceful, even
in the face of provocation, as this misuse of
power, pursuit of vendetta and bastardisation of
a rancour-free process will be challenged to the
end through constitutional and peaceful means.
“High Chief Ladoja is already in court over the
matter and we await a judicial pronouncement
on it soon. Ajimobi who set up a panel
disregarding Ibadan traditional system, received
its report and interpreted its recommendations
to suit his selfish agenda against the popular
wish of the people of Ibadan and the Olubadan.
This is laughable.
“Without recourse to the state House of
Assembly which has the constitutional duty to
make or amend laws, he has appropriated
legislative function and added such to his
executive role. This charade can’t obviously pass
a judicial challenge.
“We ask him to enjoy the remaining months of
his governorship while it lasts.
“We wish to remind him that he has booked an
unenviable chapter for himself in the annals of
the history of Ibadan and posterity will judge
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