Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said he will not depose the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, in spite of the powers at his disposal.
The governor, speaking at a meeting with the traditional councils of the Ibadanland in Ibadan, said he will not degrade the Olubadan, who he describes as a father and a brother to his late father.
Ajimobi, who accused former Governor Rasheed Ladoja of manipulating the Olubadan chieftaincy crisis, however, reminded the Olubadan that he is the Governor of Oyo State vested with powers to rule the state.
He said,“Let me state that the existing chieftaincy law gives any governor power to remove any traditional ruler who engages in activities that can jeopardize the peace of his domain.
“I should also add that Kabiyesi, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, has of recent been engaging in certain activities that are inimical to the peace and tranquility of Ibadan.
“Only recently, Olubadan embarked on a roadshow across Ibadan, waving horsetail to bystanders in an apparent attempt to incite the people against the government. Such actions could have pitted the antagonists and protagonists of installation of new obas against one another.
“I hold the Olubadan and his stool in high esteem. This is why I will also want to beg the obas-in-council to visit Baba and mend their relationship. If I can’t fight the Olubadan, please you should not fight him.”
Meanwhile former governor, Rasheed Ladoja, who is the Osi of Olubadan, has alleged that the gunmen, who attacked the Olubadan Palace were after him, but mistakenly fired gunshots at the car occupied by High Chief Sharafadeen Alli.
Ladoja also alleged that some of the bystanders identified some of the gunmen who launched the attack on the Palace.