In the ongoing supremacy battle between the Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the governor has declared himself over and above any traditional ruler in the state, regardless of the title he holds.
At a meeting with the traditional council in the 11 local governments in the Ibadan on Wednesday, Ajimobi stated that he has numerous reasons to dethrone the Olubadan but has refused to play that card because he respects the institution the monarch represents.
“Like I said, all the relevant sections of the 1959 chieftaincy declarations are clear on the powers of the governor, vis-a-vis the traditional rulers as well as the administrations, particularly sections 26 and 27, which empower the governor to sanction any erring oba.
“If the governor invites a monarch to a meeting and the monarch fails to turn up and such a king is saying he was told to sleep or rest somewhere, he could be removed. At least, it is the government that is paying him,” the governor said.
“Who bestowed the crown and staff of office on the monarch? Is it not the government? The law has it that if the governor sees that what a monarch is doing can cause chaos, the governor has the power to depose such a king. The Olubadan is not the governor. In Oyo State, the governor is still the head and leader,” Ajimobi warned.