By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The lingering crisis between the Olubadan- In-Council and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State over the promotion of nine
Ibadan high chiefs has been temporarily laid to rest as the Ibadan Elders Forum intervened in the matter on Tuesday evening.
The enlarged closed-door meeting which was held at the Agodi GRA residence of the President of Ibadan Elders Forum, Ambassador Olusola Saanu, started when Governor Ajimobi arrived the venue around 6:34pm and ended at 7:30 pm.
Ibadan elders in attendance included former Head of Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi; former President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Bayo Oyero; former Commissioner for Information in the Old Oyo State, Chief Adegboyega Arulogun; President of CCII, Chief Wole Akinwande; renowned industrialist, Chief Bode Amoo; Chief Kola Daisi; Dr Lekan Are, and the son of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Prince Femi Lana.
But the new Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, whose elevation along with that of Otun Olubadan, Chief Lekan Balogun, the governor was resisting, was not in attendance at the meeting.
The President of Ibadan Elders Forum, Ambassador Saanu who addressed journalists shortly after the meeting said they had successful resolved the crisis between the governor and the Olubadan chiefs.
According to him, the governor has given provisional approval for the Olubadan chiefs to retain their positions, adding that they would follow the due process in the promotion level proper.
“We thank God for using the good elders of this land to resolve this issue peacefully in one accord. We have been having this
meeting since 10 am and immediately we summoned the governor here he answered us immediately.
“After we have had a meeting with the governor in the morning, we later invited the affected chiefs to present their grievances to the governor themselves. It was only a misunderstanding and the matter has been resolved amicably. We are grateful to the
governor and we promise that the chiefs will follow set down regulations for their promotion,” he said.
Confirming his position on the issue, Governor Ajimobi said: “We thank God for the elders. Our elders are committed to peace in Ibadanland and our king has shown that he is a good monarch. He contributed to my success as governor. In this case, brothers are fighting and elders have intervened.
“There is no cause for further misunderstanding. We will perfect the papers because the issue has been resolved by men of impeccable character. Due process will now take place. Sometimes, you get married before perfecting marriage ceremony.
“The Ibadan chiefs have agreed to follow the due process and I have also given them provisional approval to retain their positions”.
Also, former Prelate of Methodist Church, Most Revd Sunday Ola Makinde, who was also in attendance said God had intervened and the crisis has been settled by the Ibadan elders, Ajimobi disclosed.
The new Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Lekan Balogun, who spoke on behalf of other chiefs confirmed that the issue had been resolved, adding that the Ibadan elders should be commended for intervening.
“We have all agreed with the governor because he is my brother and we are one family in Ibadan,” he said.