By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Osi Osi-Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola on Thursday hinted that the eight High Chiefs and Baales crowned by late Governor Abiola Ajimobi in 2017 have dropped their crowns and revert to the old system.
High Chief Ajibola dropped this hint while briefing journalists after a meeting of the Olubadan-in-Council held at the Oja’ba palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Mapo Hill, Ibadan
The Osi Balogun stated that the decision to drop the crowns was taken at the meeting attended by the coronet-wearing Baales promoted with the High Chiefs as well as some Mogajis.
High Chief Ajibola disclosed that the dropping of the Coronet crowns was in line with the Governor Seyi Makinde’s decision that all the High Chiefs should revert to the original concept.
The Osi Balogun stressed that the process of nominating the next Olubadan, which the kingmakers concluded on Tuesday and passed to the government, was done according to the original concept under reference, and that all the kingmakers signed their respective titles as High chiefs.
“We agreed with the Governor. All the processes leading to the nomination of successor to the late Olubadan were in line with the original concept of line of hierarchy in accordance with the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration”, he said.
On the case in court , High Chief Ajibola said ”it has nothing to do with the original concept of hierarchical status in the succession plan to the Olubadan throne”, saying, what was taken to court was an infringement on the fundamental human rights of the respective plaintiffs, asking the court to determine the lawfulness of judging a case in the absence of the direct beneficiaries of the issue in contest.
Speaking further, High Chief Ajibola said Governor Makinde could do his job in line with the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration while the case in court, which was adjourned for further hearing, is allowed to run its course.