The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has said he will not be intimidated by anyone over the government’s plan to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration.
Mr. Ajimobi made this declaration while inaugurating the new Government Reserved Area (GRA), at the old NITEL premises, Old Ife Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Earlier, the Oyo State government had inaugurated a seven-member judicial commission of inquiry for the review of the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland.
But a former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, in a swift reaction, had berated the state government for proposing to review the chieftaincy declaration.
Mr. Ladoja, also an Olubadan high chief, said the people of Ibadan had a long-established, rancour-free tradition of succession to the throne which should not be broken.
Similarly, another Ibadan high chief, Lekan Balogun, had kicked against the idea.
Messrs. Ladoja and Balogun later sued the governor and the panel of enquiry set up by the government over the review, saying they lacked the right to review the 1957 Olubadan Declaration.
But reacting to the development, Mr. Ajimobi noted that his administration had become a builder by rebuilding infrastructural facilities since 2011, adding that he would transform the landscape and institutions that made Oyo State the pacesetter.
He said the 1957 Olubadan Declaration was due for a review given the expansion of the city, adding that it also needs to allow some high chiefs and community leaders wear beaded crowns.
(Edited By Olamide Michael)