*ask govt to stop him from parading himself as Babaloja General.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Heads of markets across the five zones in Oyo State known as th eBabaloja Generals and Iyaloja-Generals have vowed to resist any plans at imposing Alhaji Y.K Abass- on them as the Babaloja-General of Oyo State
The Babaloja Generals and the Iyaloja Generals at an emergency meeting by the concerned elders from all the markets in Oyo State urged the state government to without wasting time stop Alhaji Abass from parading himself as Babaloja General for the state..
The Babaloja – General of Oke Ogun, Alhaji Whaab Adebayo Elesin while addressing the emergency meeting attended by markets leaderships from the five zones in the state on Tuesday in Ibadan, said referring to Alhaji Abass as the Babaloja-General of Oyo State will amount to an “unethical and insult to over two million market men and women in Oyo State.”
He stressed that “it is shameful and a reflection of ignoble and degenerating society. that Alhaji Abass ” is still parading himself as Babaloja-General of Oyo State”, saying, ” I have not seen where a man who hasn’t 1% of a population of over 2 million men and women is forced on the majority.”
” Y. K. Abass and his conspirators are just minute in number, they can’t burgle our association with our eyes widely open. We are ready to resist the antics of the manipulators whose intention is to cause disunity among traders and force our people to troop out in protest against injustice,” he said.
According to Alhaji Elesin “as you can see, not just representatives but Babaloja-Generals and Iyaloja-Generals from the five zones in Oyo state are here”, adding, “we have market leaderships from Oke-Ogun, Babaloja-General, Alhaji Whaab Adebayo Elesin, Iyaloja-General Oke-Ogun, Alhaja Limota Whaab, Iyaloja-General Oyo Alaafin, Alhaja Khadijat Adepeju Bakare, Babaloja-General Ogbomosoland, Mr. OLUSEGUN Akangbe Joseph, Iyaloja-General of Ogbomosoland, Alhaja Rafat Morenike Wahab, Babaloja-General of Ibarapaland, Elder Ayandeji Olusola and Iyaloja-General of Ibarapaland, who is also the Acting Iyaloja-General of Oyo State, Chief Mrs Justina Iyabode Ogundoyin.
“Traders, market men and women from the zones listed above along with our members from the 11 local governments in Ibadan gathered at the House of Chiefs, Agodi in Ibadan last year to elect Alhaji Sunmaila Aderemi Jimoh as the Babaloja-General of Oyo State. Nothing has changed till this moment. He remains the authentic, let inferior be returned to factory for proper assessment and undergo normal process”.
Alhaji Elesin added, “let me also add this, prior to his emergence as Babaloja-General of Oyo State, Alhaji Sunmaila Aderemi Jimoh was the Babaloja-General for the markets 11 local government councils in Ibadanland”, saying, “we won’t accept any act of aberration or action that’s morally condemnable to override our decision to liberate our noble association from the hijackers, busy bodies and political rats as they have done to other professional bodies, unions and associations.
Addressing traders at the meeting, the Acting Iyaloja-General of Oyo State, Chief Mrs Justina Iyabode Ogundoyin emphasized the need for the government and other relevant authorities to call Alhaji Y. K. Abass to order”,
“He is not known to us as a leader of any of our market units, not to talk about local government, therefore, he lacked qualification for a position of Babaloja-General of Oyo State. I appreciate everyone’s concern on Alhaji Y. K. Abass issue and I’m assuring you that our collective decisions would be respected and protected.We are working seriously with the national body, moreso that the Southwest coordinator, Chief (Mrs.) Odunayo Danjuma is solidly on ground and already leading the cause, we shall end the activities of the intruders soonest,” she said.
Chief Mrs Ogundoyin added, ” of course,v when it gets to the stage of protest, we shall do it peacefully for the public to see where market men and women belong. But for now we are putting the political atmosphere in consideration, already it’s highly tensed, to avoid giving chance to politicians and hoodlums, who are always ready to hijack peaceful protest for selfish interest, better approach will be considered,” Acting Iyaloja-General stated.”
“However, it’s expected of the government and other relevant authorities to call Y. K. Abass to order. He is not known to us as a leader of any of our market units, not to talk about local government, therefore, he lacked qualification for a position of Babaloja-General of Oyo State. It’s our business, in actual fact some of our people went through hardship to secure loans from microfinance institutions, in the light of this we have right to select, approve and install who should lead us,”