The governor’s proposed review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Law 1957 by the Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi received the blessings of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the members of the Olubadan-in-Council.
The proposal had caused controversy since it was announced by the governor, with the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun, and Osi Olubadan, former governor Rashidi Ladoja, heading to court to challenge the move.
Governor Ajimobi’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, told our correspondent that the Olubadan had given his royal blessing to the proposal.
“It is true. The monarch and the high chiefs visited the governor to give their support,” he said.
Among other things, the review will look into the succession system to the throne and address the issue of having more beaded monarchs in the city, with the Olubadan retaining his position as the paramount monarch of Ibadan city.
Conspicuously absent at the meeting was the Osi Olubadan, Ladoja, who seemed to maintain his position against the review.
According to him, only the Ibadan people could decide on when to review the succession system and not the government.
“My position is that it is not the responsibility of the government or the governor of Oyo State to review the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration. The declaration was first formulated in 1946. That was when Ibadan began a formal documentation of how the chieftaincy process would be.
“The declaration was made by the Chieftaincy Committee of Ibadan District Council. Today, we have the Olubadan who heads the Olubadan-in-Council. More or less, this represents the then chieftaincy committee. It is their job and not that of government.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )