The Ibadan family heads, known as Mogajis, on Sunday described the withdrawal of the suit on the Ibadan 21 kings at the Court of Appeal and the request for out-of-court settlement by Governor Seyi Makinde as the best option to ensure peace and progress of Ibadanland.
The Mogajis, who hailed the governor’s wisdom for his step, also warned against misinterpreting the action of the judges of the appellate court.
According to the family heads, the people of Ibadanland should understand the decision of the judges of the Court of Appeal to return the case to a lower court for settlement, rather than twisting the ruling as rejection of the out-of-court settlement.
A statement by the spokesman of the family heads, Mogaji Wale Oladoja, urged the people to consider the peace of Ibadanland as paramount than fueling crisis that was supposed to be a family affair.
The statement added that the people were resolute in ensuring that the chieftaincy crisis is resolved and peace return to the Olubadan-in-council without delay.
The statement reads: “Without mincing words, Governor Makinde has made us proud on withdrawal of the suit seeking an appeal of the Olubadan chieftaincy legal battle. The family members send their warm greeting to the governor that they are happy with his move to ensure the case is withdrawn.
“With all indications, Makinde has proved that he has the interest of Ibadanland and the entire Oyo State in mind. We, therefore, appeal to our High Chiefs to accept the move of withdrawing the suit for peace, progress and prosperity of our land.”
On the importance of understanding of the judgment, the statement added: “We know that some enemies of progress are misinterpreting the judgment, but it is noteworthy to emphasis that the judgment was to return the case to the lower court for out-of-court settlement because of the Appeal Court was set for judgment before the state government approached it for withdrawal of the case. We need to understand that when the court set for judgment, it can only return judgment to a lower court.
“We, therefore, appreciate the effort of Olubadan Oba Saliu Adetunji and Osi Olubadan High Chief Rasidi Ladoja for their role in ensuring that peace returns to the family of Olubadan-in council and the personal conviction of Otun Olubadan High Chief Lekan Balogun to see the course as a family affair and his advocate for peace.”