–Olubadan & Ajimobi
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday declared the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi to review the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration of Ibadanland as unconstitutional, illegal and of no effect.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Ajimobi had on May 19, 2017, set up the commission headed by retired Justice Akintunde Boade to review the 1957 chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadan.
The commission, NAN further reports, had submitted its report to the governor on Aug. 18, 2017 recommending 32 beaded-crown Obas in Ibadan while the Olubadan would remain as paramount ruler of Ibadanland.
But former governor of the state and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, had dragged Ajimobi and Boade to court, claiming that the composition of the committee would affect his ambition of becoming the Olubadan.
The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the state will appeal the judgment of an Ibadan High Court which set aside the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and Other Related Chieftaincies.
The governor said this on Friday during the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated to the Community Secondary School, Ajara, in Lagelu Local Government Area of the state by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Akinlolu Olujinmi, in Ajara.
Mr. Ajimobi used the opportunity to restate his earlier position that the review, which culminated in the August 27, 2017 installation of 21 new obas, was an altruistic gesture that was for the overall good of Ibadanland.
Among the newly installed kings were some erstwhile high chiefs and baales in Ibadan land.
“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed against immediately,” he said.
“Let me reiterate here that the review was an exercise that was well thought out. It is for the development and progress of Ibadan land and the people therein.
“We will not relent in our determination to make Ibadan great and the greatness shall come through various ways; one of which was the Olubadan chieftaincy review that was conducted by a judicial commission of inquiry.
The truth is that people are normally opposed to change and radical policies that will eventually be beneficial to them, but we shall get there. We will not be deterred or allow retrogressive tendencies to override the progress Oyo State is currently making.”
An Oyo State High Court had earlier on Friday nullified the chieftaincy review.