Ajimobi Reacts To Judgement Nullifying His Installation Of 21 Kings
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has vowed to appeal the judgement of the high court in Ibadan which declared null and void the panel of inquiry set up by the State Government to review the Ibadan 1957 Chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincy law.
The court also set aside the elevation of the newly promoted chiefs to monarch status as null and void. Governor Ajimobi bared his mind 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, Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi, SAN, in Ajara, yesterday, January 19.
Ajimobi used the opportunity to restate his earlier position that the review, which culminated in the August 27, 2017 installation of 21 new obas, among whom were some erstwhile high chiefs and baales, was an altruistic gesture that was for the overall good of Ibadanland.
“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed against immediately. Let me reiterate here that the review was an exercise that was well thought out. It is for the development and progress of Ibadanland 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,” Ajimobi said.