Royal Crisis: Ibadan Council of Obas Threatens Olubadan

Members of the Olubadan-in-Council, who were newly promoted as obas, with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (6th left); and his wife, Florence, during the presentation of their certificates and staff of office by the governor, at Mapo Hall, Ibadan... on Sunday. Photo: Governor's Office

The royal crisis in Ibadan toom another dimension on monday as Ibadan Council of Obas issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Ogunguniso

The traditionl ruler believes to be loyal to the statw governmenr accused Olubadan of acts that are unbecoming of his office as the paramount ruler of the ancient town.

The monarchs led by Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, while adressing a press conference at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan detailed all the ‘sins’ of Olubadan and gave him 21 days to retrace his steps or be removed from office.

Among the many allegations leveled against the monarch was taking actions on behalf of the council without input from members.

They also accused him of inciting people against the state government, which, according to them, was not representative of the relationship between the council and the government.

The Obas were particularly angry that all the issues pending between them and the Olubadan which almost led to taking legal action against the monarch in the past are still not addressed by him.

“Olubadan-in-Council meetings are not conducted the way they are supposed to be. Oloris were still attending meetings with us and contributing, dictating, attacking that resulted to abuses and curses on the High Chiefs.

“The appointment of Baales and Mogajis are not in compliance with proper set up rules and standards.

“Apart from the monetary scandals of which kabiyesi is yet to refrain, a new Olubadan-in-Council is inside Popoyemoja palace consisting of Olubadan, the Oloris and PA to Olubadan (Tairu) who decide from time to time who is to be Baale or Mogaji and will only send Hearing Notice of meeting and agenda to the real members  of Olubadan-in-Council on Saturday  preceding the installation date on Monday,” the address read by Oba Balogun said.
e yet to be addressed, the Olubadan, they alleged, has added some others, necessitating the new ultimatum.

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“The Olubadan Oba Adetunji has since after the inauguration of the Beaded Crown Obas in Ibadan cultivated himself to misbehave by engaging in acts to cause civil disorder by parading himself about with some unscrupulous Mogajis  in Ibadan land, inciting people to rise up against the legitimate government of our amiable governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“This is a serious offence which we the Ibadan Council of Obas can pass a vote of No Confidence on him, after which we as king makers that nominated and appointed him for confirmation and approval by the Executive Governor will also call for his removal.

“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,” the Obas further said.

Other members of the council, who attended the conference are Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun of Ibadaland; Oba Abimbola Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland; Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland; and Oba Kola Adegbola, Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.

Many Mogajis were also in attendance.



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