Seriki Kicks Against Olubadan’s Installation

Chief Adebayo Oyediji

Chief Adebayo Oyediji

Expectedly, and inconsistency with his earlier stance on the installation of Chief Saliu Adetunji as the new Olubadan of Ibadan, the Seriki of Ibadanland, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, kicked against yesterday’s event as he laid claims to the stool.

Oyediji, who is the Head of the Seriki lineage, told The Guardian yesterday that he was leaving everything to the law and would allow it run its course, so that he would be vindicated at the end of the day.

He accused all those involved in the coronation of “legalising illegality” and alleged that it was a grand conspiracy against the Seriki lineage.

When asked about his mood at that point in time, he said that his convictions and confidence in the laws of the land is holding him in good stead emotionally and that he was unperturbed by the ceremony in any way.

He stated: “All those involved in his charade have colluded against the Seriki family. It is a grand conspiracy against us by all of them.”

“However, I am largely unaffected, because I am sure we shall get justice at the end of the day.”“On the Supreme Court judgment and contempt cases I stand. I will never support anything illegal and I will never participate in violent acts.”

“I believe in the rule of law and we shall follow this to the letter. And, at the end of the day, I shall abide with the decisions of the courts.”

“However, let one thing be clear on this situation at hand. History shall tell on these people. One can die, but history remains. What is happening shall definitely become history tomorrow, whether we like it or not.”

The Seriki lineage, headed by Oyediji, had attempted to stop yesterday’s event by approaching an Ibadan High Court, praying it to stop the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Olubadan-In-Council from installing Adetunji.

In a motion filed by its Counsel, Mr. A.G. Adeniran, the Seriki family lineage, comprising Oyediji, Chief Olalekan Adisa Fakunle, Chief Aside Abinupagun and Chief Gabriel Amoo, on behalf of themselves and the Seriki Chiefs, prayed for an interim injunction restraining the governor, Attorney General of the State, Chief Lekan Balogun, and Chief Solomon Adabale from appointing or approving the appointment of Adetunji as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.

Other respondents listed in the case, which was filed on Tuesday, were Adetunji; former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja; Chiefs Eddy Oyewole; Kola Daisi; Owolabi Olakulehin; Olufemi Olaifa and Tajudeen Ajibola.

The Olubadan-in-Council had declared that there was no legal impediment to yesterday’s installation, saying all legal encumbrances have been cleared.

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