Sam Oluwalana, Ibadan
The chieftaincy crisis involving the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the state governor, Senator Isiaka Ajimobi and the Olubadan-in-council, took a turn for the worst on Monday, when the 21 Obas recently crowned by the state governor, issued a 21-day deposition notice to the Olubadan, over what they termed; ”acts unbecoming of his status”.
The traditional rulers led by Oba Lekan Balogun, who is also the Otun of Olubadan and second -in-command to the First Class Oba, addressed a press conference at the popular Mapo Hall on Monday, where they detailed the supposed ”sins” of the monarch.
the monarch was accused of taking unilateral actions without recourse to the council, and for also inciting the people of the ancient city against the state government, a step they said did not in any way represent their sentiments and interests.
They were also miffed by the attitude of the monarch, especially what they termed as his unyielding attitude to some issue pending before him (OPlubadan0 which they said he has not addressed.
Another issue released as one of his infractions was their claims that the Olubadan Oloris (wives) still atend Council meetings, something they alleged are against tradition.
The statement also took on other issues; ”Olubadan-in-council meetings are not conducted the way, they are supposed to be. Oloris are still attending meetings with us and contributing , dictating, attacking that resulted into abuses and curses on the high chiefs.
”The appointment of Baales and Mogajis are not in compliance with proper set up rules and standards.
”We are by this conference giving his Imperial Majesty, 21 days ultimatum to change his stand now and work for the improvement of Ibadan, rather than disorderliness”.