By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun has asked politicians in Oyo State to limit their political activities to their respective constituencies and leave out the palace of Olubadan.
Oba Balogun in a statement by his Personal Assistant (Media) Oladele Ogunsola stressed that the call became imperative in view of the reports alleging that the Olubadan had imposed a councillorship candidate in Ibadan South-East Local Government on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Local Government Election holding soon in the state.
The statement emphasized that the Olubadan of Ibadanland has no anointed candidate in the forthcoming local government election in the state as a father of all.
“Kabiyesi Olubadan of Ibadanland as we all know is a royal father and traditional head of Ibadan, a position that confers on him the fathership of all the residents (indigenes and non-indigenes) of the ancient metropolis and it would be preposterous for him to have favourite among contenders”, it said.
The statement added, “No doubt that our Imperial Majesty was a former politician, a former gubernatorial candidate of a political party and later a Senator of the Federal Republic for that matter, but the garb of partisan politics had been dropped years before he ascended the throne of Olubadan and something dropped before he became Olubadan could not now become fashionable to him”.
“Oba Balogun appreciates the love of the people for him and cherishes their readiness to associate with the throne, but, he urges the people to keep away from anything that can tarnish his image and the institution he represents. Let the politicians play their game in their own way and don’t drag the throne into it.
As a democrat, Kabiyesi believes in due electoral process and cannot be a party to thwarting the collective decision of any political party. In any electoral contest, majority normally have their way while the minority would have their say and that’s what Kabiyesi believes in and cherishes. Anything outside of that cannot receive Oba Balogun’s nod”.