Approve New Olubadan, Yoruba Elders’ Summit Tells Makinde

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*says Kingmakers have spoken with one voice 


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

A body, the Yoruba Elders’  Summit

(YES) on Friday advised Governor Seyi  Makinde to do the needful on the approval of a new Olubadan of Ibadanland as presented to him by the Olubadan in Council.
YES in a statement signed by its Protem Chairman,  David Adeleke and Protem Secretary, Adekunle Ogundeji cautioned that the governor should not allow political  expediency  becloud  his sense of historical  justice  in the choice of the new Olubadan .
The Yoruba Elder’s Summit stated that the ” kingmakers  have swiftly taken a decision based on the perfect, flawless and fantastic  succession process”, and that ” all  the 11 Kingmakers, one of whom must emerge, have spoken with one voice, without any dissension on who should be named the next Olubadan”. 
” This was done in line with the sacrosanct ascendancy system. Any attempt  to tinker with the decision  of the kingmakers could  snowball into crisis  of indiscribable magnitude”, it said
The body added, ” Ibadan  is respected, the world over, for having the best succession policy in the choice of new Olubadan. There had never been any wrangling,  quarrel or legal  gymnastics  on who should  succeed  a dead monarch  in Ibadan. Succession  had always  been smooth”. 
” Governor  Makinde  should  not go down in history  as the Governor who allowed  primordial sentiment to bastardise an historical  excellent system which is adulated the world over” .
The Yoruba Elders’  Summit ( YES) however lamented what it called the failure of the governor to visit the immediate family of the late Olubadan to commiserate with them on the demise of Oba Saliu Adetunji.
” Yoruba Elders’ summit  is disturbed that the Governor  of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde doesn’t deem it fit to shorten his American  trip and come back home to commiserate with the family of Kabiyesi Olubadan, who died recently. In our culture,  it is expedient to sympathise  with the family of the deceased.”
The body stressed, ” as an Ibadan man, Governor  Makinde is supposed  to be the Chief  mourner with  people  all over the country coming to commiserate  with the people  of Oyo State in general  and the people  of Ibadan in particular, through condolence visit  to the Governor”
” What makes us to come out is the fact that, we observe, over the years, the penchant of Governor  Makinde at shunning condolence  visits of this nature: It is  on record that when his predecessor, Late Governor Abiola  Ajimobi  died , Governor  Makinde neither attended the burial, nor pay a condolence visit to the family of the  late Governor, in spite of various entreaties from elder statesmen and criticisms from his political opponents”.
YES added, ” Ditto for Late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade  who died  recently.  Governor  Makinde  never went to Ogbomoso  to commiserate  with  Ogbomoso  people.”

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