New Iyaloja: Ibadan chiefs oppose Olubadan

New Iyaloja: Ibadan chiefs oppose Olubadan

Monday, May 15, 2017 10:03 pm


Some members of the Olubadan-in-Council have dissociated themselves from the decision of the  Olubadan of Ibadanland,  Oba Saliu Adetunji, to appoint Alhaja Iswat Ameringun as the new  Iyaloja of Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chief Labake Lawal was removed as the Iyaloja and replaced by Ameringun.

NAN also reports that  Lawal had dragged the Olubadan and the council to court to seek nullification of her replacement.

But a statement issued on Monday and signed by two high chiefs, Lekan Balogun and Owolabi Olakulehin, dissociated themselves from the appointment of a new Iyaloja.

The statement said:  “Kabiyesi Olubadan used his prerogative to veto the members of Olubadan-in-Council and decided to go on with the appointment of Ameringun as the new Iyaloja of Ibadan.

“When the matter came up at its meeting held on March 20, some members of the council, including High Chiefs Olakulehin, Eddy Oyewole, Lateef Adebimpe and Lekan Balogun, the Balogun, Asipa Olubadan, Asipa Balogun and Otun Olubadan respectively kicked against the decision.

“The council members had argued that aside from the fact that the issue was not part of the agenda for the meeting, the Olubadan and his council have no such power over a matter that is of concern to trade unions which is a trade dispute under the Oyo State Government Ministry of Trade and Industry.

“ The council members also reminded the Olubadan that the committee set up by the council over the Iyaloja dispute was yet to submit its report.’’

The spokesman of the Olubadan, Mr Adeola Oloko, however,  told NAN in a telephone interview that he had no comment to make for now.

He said that the palace would not join issues with the high chiefs, adding that it would react to the matter at the appropriate time. (NAN)

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