By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
An end might be in sight to the impasse between the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State over the coronation of 21 crown wearing Obas in Ibadan.
The President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Yemi Soladoye, who expressed this optimism, at the weekend, after the visit of the council and other major stakeholders that to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said the Olubadan would soon come to terms with the governor with the intents behind the recent row over the Olubadan cheifraincy declaration review.
Speaking at Governor’s office, Ibadan, the CCII president hinged progress on resolving the impasse on Ajimobi’s commitment not to utilise executive power on the matter and his several professions that the Olubadan remains his father as well as the respect shown by the two parties for each other.
He added that Ajimobi had shown respect for the traditional institution, desire for peace and progress of Ibadan land, with a similar commitment to peace demonstrated from his conversation with the Olubadan.
Soladoye said the CCII had initiated the Truth and Reconciliatory Committee, which comprised of representatives of various interest groups in Ibadan towards achieving the objectives.
“We came to thank the governor for being peaceful in spite of the impasse with the Olubadan.
“We have come to look for a way to resolve the issue. The governor has stayed with the peaceful side to resolve the issue, and that is a good move.
“The governor respects the traditional institution a lot and he respects the Olubadan a lot. The governor has the law and executive order; he keeps referring to the Olubadan as his father.
“Definitely, the Olubadan will come to terms with the governor. We are working towards that and that is why I came here to have a meeting with the governor on how to restore peace and the governor has demonstrated that,” he said.
Soladoye who expressed appreciation to the governor for making their job easy by supporting their ideas in resolving the matter, said the root of the issue was not the appointment of obas, but the root was from somewhere else.
The CCII president further affirmed that the various stakeholders involved have agreed to withdraw some court cases relating to the issue, adding that all intended actions by the government that could jeoperdise the reconciliation should be put on hold.
The identified stakeholders to be visited for the reconciliation are the governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; former governor Rashidi Ladoja, Iyalode of Ibadanland, and Iyaloja of Ibadanlad (both old and new).