- The 21 Obas crowned by former governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi have dropped their crowns
- The Obas served as entourage to the Olubadan during his attendance at the south west security summit
- Governor Makinde commended the reconciliation of the Obas
The 21 Obas installed by former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have reportedly dropped their crowns in a ashow of surrender to the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
The Nation reports that the Obas appeared as part of the entourage of the Olubadan at the ongoing South west security summit at the University of Ibadan on Monday, September 3.
The 21 Obas had in the past boycotted the Palace of the Olubadan after the former governor crowed them members of the Olubadan-in-Council in 2017.
The Olubadan had said Ajimnobi had no right to elevate the Obas and saif the only ground for reconciliation was for them to drop their crowns.
On the entourage today were: “the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Asipa Olubadab, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; the Asipa Balogun, High Chief Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; the Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade and the Ekarun Balogun High Chief Adegbola.”
At the meeting are also the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Frederick Akinruntan; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rowland Akiu and a host of other traditional rulers.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state commended the reconciliation between the Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji and his high chiefs.
He said: “In the entourage of the Olubadan, I can see the high chiefs.
” I think it is a positive development in Oyo State. We are talking about security here; and I think it is part of what will help overall security of the society.”
Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state, struck out a motion filed by Rashidi Ladoja challenging the powers of Ajimobi over the approval of 48 obas for Ibadan.
Ladoja’s motion questioned the powers of Ajimobi to gazette and approve beaded crowns and coronets for the 48 obas across the state.
Justice Olajumoke Aiki of the Oyo state high court had in January 2019, set aside the recommendation of a committee of inquiry on the review of the 1957 Ibadan chieftaincy declaration, which suggested crowning of 21 new obas in Ibadanland.
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