Governor Ajimobi has explained that he elevated Ibadan high chiefs to Obaship status in the overall interest of the ancient town.
Ajimobi, who spoke at the grand reception organized for him by the elevated Obas, expressed gratitude to the traditional council members for the support they have given in ensuing his successful tenure in office in the last eight years.
He maintained that his motive for elevating the traditional chieftaincy structure of Ibadanland was not ill-conceived or politically motivated but for the overall good of the Ibadan people.
“Kabiyesi is my father and I can not just embark on a policy that will diminish his status, I have nothing to gain doing it. But it’s rather unfortunate that everything has been politicized.”
“If the court reverses it or upholds it, so be it, but be assured that all the decisions we have taken has been documented,” he stated.
According to him, innovation overtime becomes a tradition and tradition too also changes from time to time, there was a time when Ibadan do not have a beaded crown king, it was baales we use to have.
“It was in 1976 when the then Military administrator in the old Oyo State, Colonel David Jemibewon who gave the approval that Ibadan should be having a King.”
“He was a governor like myself and so, if as a governor, I too now approve that Ibadan should should have more beaded crown monarchs why is it then an issue?” Ajimobi queried.