…We duly notified him, Says Otun Olubadan
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has disclosed that he was never invited to grace the grand reception put together by members of the eleven Local Government traditional councils in Ibadanland to honour the outgoing Governor of the State, Abiola Ajimobi.
The reception was organised by the Olubadan-in-Council members at the Ibadan Civic Centre in appreciation of the governor’s outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Ibadanland and to congratulate him on the successful completion of his two-term tenure as governor of the state.
The monarch, in an interview through his media aide, Mr. Adeola Oloko, said the event was not brought to his notice, neither was any invitation letter sent to him by any member of the Olubadan-in-Council.
He said Olubadans name was just used to carry out their own plan without the knowledge of the monarch.
“Olubadan never received any official letter from members of the Olubadan-in-Council, notifying him of such a plan to organise a reception for the Governor.
“Kabiesi was left in the dark; they are trying to use baba’s name to deceive people,” Oloko stressed.
But in a swift reaction on telephone with this reporter, the Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, maintained that Olubadan was duly notified about the programme by the Olubadan-in-council and was as well invited to grace the occasion.
Oba Balogun said that what came to their mind when it became obvious that the monarch was not going to grace the occasion was that the Ramadan fast may have weakened him and there might be need for him to rest since he is of age.
In his word: “Olubadan was duly notified by members of the Olubadan-in-Council of the plan to organise a grand reception for the outgoing governor in appreciation of his contributions to Ibadanland.
“We observe that his absence might be unconnected with the Ramadan fast, because there might be need for him to take a rest as an old person.”