Nigeria: Olubadan renews rivalry with Alaafin – Claims he is chairman

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
May 29th, 2012

THE Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, has asked the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to stop parading himself as the permanent chairman of the state Council of Obas.

Oba Odulana, in a statement dated May 25, 2012, warned that there would be threat to law and order in the state if reference continued to be made to the Alaafin as the chairman of Council of Obas in Oyo State.

The oba, who took exception to the Alaafin being called the permanent chairman of the state council of obas and chiefs said that “such claim has no basis in law and, as such, it is not only misleading but a clear misrepresentation of subsisting facts and circumstances.”

He said, for the avoidance of doubt, the reigning Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana Odugade 1 is the current chairman of the council in accordance with the relevant chieftaincy law passed by the state House of Assembly under the administration of Chief Christopher Alao-Akala, which made the chairmanship of the council a rotational one among the three principal obas in the state, namely the Olubadan of Ibadanland, the Soun of Ogbomosoland and the Alaafin of Oyo.

“While it is true that the Alaafin of Oyo is in court to challenge this law, it is also true that this law is still in force despite the recent unlawful suspension of the council’s sitting by the incumbent administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi as there is no court ruling or order suspending the sitting.

“That the current chairman of the council, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Samuel Osundiran Odulana Odugade 1, appears to have acquiesced in this unlawful act by complying with this directive is only in deference to the office of the governor and in total respect for the fragile peace and stability in Oyo State.

“Any allusion to the Alaafin as the permanent chairman has been repealed by a fresh law. Further reference to the Alaafin as permanent chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs is a breach of the law and a threat to the peace and orderliness of the state,” he said.Tribune

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