The 21 Ibadan High Chiefs and Baales installed as beaded crown-wearing Obas by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday declared that nobody could restrain them from wearing the crowns since they had appealed against the January 11, 2018 judgment which nullified the review of the Ibadan Chieftancy Law and their installation.
The Obasa were installed on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the ancient Mapo Hall, but one of the High Chiefs, (who declined being crowned), Senator Rasidi Ladoja recently accused some of the Obas of flouting the order of Justice Olajumoke Aiki as one of them wore the crown to Kano, venue of the wedding ceremony between Governor Ajimobi’s son and the Kano Governorr’s daughter. Ladoja had threatened to report the development to the court.
Speaking with journalists at the Oja’ba Palace yesterday where 16 of the Obas converged, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, the Osi Balogun of Ibadanand, a lawyer, said that what Ladoja said was inconsistent with the law because “there was no declaration that we should not wear our crowns. We have appealed the judgment. I wore my crown to Kano and no policeman can arrest me because of that. The status quo remains since we have appealed the judgment. What Ladoja is in court over is mere ruse.
“The Olubadan of Ibadanland is our father. Ladoja is only fighting awar of vendetta. On December 5, 2005, Ladoja made a publication in the Tribune newspaper where he had appointed 47 Obas in Ibadanland. It was signed by Chief Ayodele Adigun on December 23, 2005. The fact that he was unable to carry it out but Governor Ajimobi was able to do it is what is paining him. Ajimobi meant well. We have been crowned and nobody can change that”, Ajibola said.
Buttressing the position, Oba Amidu Ajibade Salaudeen, the Ekarun Olubadan, said “We have been crowned and nobody can remove it. Why didn’t Ladoja implement what he had published? No governor has ever done so much as Ajimobi. Governor Jemibewon crowned Oba Adebimpe just as Ajimobi has done to us. Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Imperial Majesty, Olubadan of Ibadanland.is our father and.we appreciate that., but whoever wants to destroy the peace of Ibadanland will not succeed. We appeal to Ladoja to please cooperate with our Governor for peace to reign”, he said.
Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun Olubadan, added his remark when.hesaid that “Everywhere Ladoja is put, he always destroys it. He needs to go for spiritual cleansing because the curse inflicted on him by Late Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu is what is still troubling him till today. Since we have gone to Appeal Court, the status quo remains and so nobody can restrain u from wearing our crowns”, he said.
The Head of the Olubadan-in-Council, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, who is Oba Lekan Baogun, nevertheless appealed to Ladoja, who he described as ‘my brother other’, to “let bye gone be bye gone, and allow peace to reign”.
Though the Obas described Justice Olajumoke Aiki’s judgment as biased, she in the judgement had said “Sections 10,12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law do not empower the governor to set up the committee. The Governor cannot delegate power on what he does not possess. Wearing of beaded crown is outside Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law. The procedures of part 2 and 3 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law under Sections 10,12 and 25 do not empower the governor to set up any commission of inquiry to review the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.
“All powers, be it legislative or judicial, must be traced to the validity of the constitution. The governor of Oyo State exercised his power outside the power conferred on him by the chiefs law and I declare the exercise as unconstitutional and illegal,’’ the judge said.