The Alaafin of Oyo state, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has downplayed rumours of a grudge between him and Seyi Makinde, the Oyo state governor over the citing of the police mobile squadron at Ago-Are.
According to varying reports, the respected monarch was said to have facilitated the police unit for Oyo town, but it was hijacked and sited elsewhere by the governor.
However, while playing host to the governor on Wednesday, he said if he had any ill-feelings towards the governor, he would have walked up to him or write him to say so.
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Alaafin said, “If one lives in the palace with all manners of people cohabiting with you there for about 50 years, such a person should be sensible.
“If you live and interact with people in authority, we are not people who confront those placed in position of authority by God. We don’t insult or embarrass them.
“There is no quarrel between the governor and I. We understand. I have interacted with people in position of authority in the past, especially those very difficult to interact with.
“When there is a person who is endowed with wisdom and well read, such a person will be wise when dealing with people in position of authority.
“Concerning what transpired recently, I will also talk about it. I won’t deny it, but there is nothing that the governor has done. If I bear grudge against him, I would have written a letter to him and explain, but I don’t hold any grudge against him.
“On the issue of location, if they say it’s for Oyo town, but you say you want it somewhere else instead of Oyo town, we welcome it. There is no quarrel. We agree with whatever the government does.
“My people, this governor, you can interact with him. There is a covenant between Governor Makinde and I that is more than all that had happened. Our covenant is that he approached me that he wanted to be the governor back then and I told him that it was not yet time. That he would only waste his money.”
“When there was another opportunity, he came back and it was indeed the time for him to be and he is a good person. So, I am not nursing any grudge against him. If I have any, I am bold enough to approach him and tell him.”