Newspeakonline reported earlier that Ibadan elders have waded into the crisis between Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 over the promotion of nine Ibadan high chiefs.
At a meeting between the two feuding parties held this evening at the Agodi GRA residence of the President of Ibadan Elders Forum, Ambassador Olusola Saanu, both sides were able to reach an agreement to end the crisis.
At the peace parley, Governor Ajimobi agreed to let the promotion stand but on the condition that the chiefs must still subject themselves to due process.
The Olubadan had last Friday, elevated nine high chiefs to their next rank following the death of Chief Sulaimon Omiyale, who was the Balogun of Ibadan and Chief Omowale Kuye, who was the Otun Olubadan in November, 2015.
But all that have ended now as after the meeting, the host, ambassador Saanu told journalists that the governor had given provisional approval for the Olubadan chiefs to retain their position.
“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 10am and immediately we summon th 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”
Responding, 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 due process and I have also giving them provisional approval to retain their position.
The meeting had in attendance the affected High Chiefs except for the new Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, whom sources said, travelled out of the state.
Some of the Ibadan elders in attendanceare; Former Head of Service of the Federation, Prof Oladapo Afolabi, Former President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Bayo Oyero, Former Commissioner for Information in Old Oyo State, Chief Adegboyega Arulogun, President of CCII, Chief Wole Akinwande, a renowned industrialist, Chief Bode Amoo, Chief Kola Daisi, Dr Lekan Are and the son of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Prince Femi Lana.