Former Governor of Oyo State and the National Leader of Accord Party, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja has warned Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state to steer clear of Ibadan chieftaincy matters, warning that any attempt to dabble into it may have grave consequences.
Ladoja, however, advised him (Ajimobi) to face governance squarely by addressing issues of state importance which include the lingering crisis at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, dwindling fortune of education, health, delay in the payment of workers salaries and pensioners, conduct of local government election among others.
He spoke during the graduation and distribution of empowerment tools to graduants trained by a member of the state House of Assembly under the platform of Accord representing Ibadan South East 1, Hon. Fatai Adesina on Saturday.
DAILY POST had reported that Ajimobi in a move to reduce the crises arising from the Olubadan stool took a step towards the review of the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland with the inauguration of a seven-man judicial commission of inquiry.
The commission which is headed by a retired High Court judge, Justice Akintunde Boade, was inaugurated in Ibadan, on Friday.
But Ladoja who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland informed that there is nothing that concern government with Olubadan succession processes.
Ladoja while speaking with journalists, described the purported inauguration of committee to review the 1958 declaration by the state government as “a distraction”.
He said “I read it in the paper today, it is a distraction. Distraction in the sense that there are more pressing issues in the hand of the governor.
“The people in the Chieftaincy line, they have the council, the Olubadan-in Council and they are in the position to handle their matters without the interference of the government.
“And he should first of all go and settle the pressing matters. He should go and settle the problem of employment, he should go and settle the problem of schools that are not functioning, he should go and settle the problem of LAUTECH and he should go and settle the problem of the hospitals not Ibadan Chieftaincy matters.
“I told you three months ago, one year ago, two years ago that we are ready for the local government election and I told you that the hand of jacob and the voice of esau. If somebody says don’t conduct local government election and they went to court, the matter is still in the court, that means that the only thing that concerns the governor is the issue of local government fund, now that the fund has been released nobody want to know how the case went again.
“There is nothing that concern government with Ibadan chiefantcy affairs, what are they doing on the issue of LAUTECH, when student who spent six years but could not get certificate”.
Ladoja used the occasion to call on the people of the state to think well and know the kind of people they vote for in 2019.
“I am using this medium to call on good people of Oyo State to think well.
“The local government election is there, all these court issues, all is a tactical move not to conduct the local government election, this is why I want the people of Oyo state to think very well.
“The problem that will come out of this interference will be much.
“It is half time now, two years have gone.
So don’t think the government is forever, the people will still have time to elect someone that will pay them.
“This is the time to reorganise our party.
Because of this, I want the people of Oyo State to think very well.
“In the 2004/2005 session, LAUTECH was the 5th in the country but where is it now? In 2005, SUBEB said Oyo state is the best in the country, it has changed now.