Ibadan Chieftaincy: Ajimobi may reverse Ladoja, 8 other High Chiefs elevations by Olubadan
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
There are strong indications that Oyo State Government may reverse last Friday’s elevation of High Chiefs Lekan Balogun and Rashidi Ladoja as Otun Olubadan and Osi Olubadan and 7 other Ibadan High Chiefs.
An indication to this emerged as Governor Abiola Ajimobi vowed that Oyo State government will follow due process on the elevation of the 9 High Chiefs by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana last Friday in defiance to a directive issued by the state government mandating all High chiefs to submit their medical certificates of fitness as well as facing DSS screening before they could be elevated.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, said Oyo State government is ready to take judicial notice of the matter and follow due process.
“The government will take judicial notice of the matter and follow due process in its consequent actions. For now, the position of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs subsists as contained in its letter of December 31, 2015. Any further developments will be made public as appropriate.”
It will be recalled that Oyo state government in a letter signed by the Director of Chieftaincy Matters in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Z. O Jayeola, addressed to the Head of the Ibadan South East Local Government administration, on Thursday, 31 December, 2015, directed the High Chiefs “to submit a medical report certifying them fit for the positions in line with extant chieftaincy laws”.
“In line with Section 14 (2) Cap 28 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000, our ministry has commenced necessary steps towards the executive governor’s approval of the filling of the vacant stools of Balogun and Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land and seven others. In compliance with the dictates of the aforementioned law, the office of the Department of State Services had been requested to carry out security checks on the prospective occupants of the stools,” it reads.