By Ola Ajayi
FORMER Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, has drawn the ire of the Ibadan Eldersâ€™ Forum for pitching his tent with the Oyo State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala who is working round the clock to actualize his second term ambition.
Some indigenes of the ancient city had faulted Chief Akinjide, the former governor of the state, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo and other elders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who are sympathetic to Akalaâ€™s ambition.
Ibadan elders, in a statement by their Chairman, Ambassador Olu Sanu said, â€œcontrary to Akinjideâ€™s view, the Ibadan Elders Forum believes that it is the constitutional and inalienable right of all citizens, including those from Ibadan land to vote and be voted for in the country.
â€œAs long as due process is followed, such a right to headship of a government in their land should not be wished away for indigenes of Ibadanland.â€
Deny receiving N40m for Olubadan’s coronation
They also described as total falsehood the alleged claim by Chief Akinjide that the governor gave the sum of N40 million during the installation of the Olubadan.
The elders said the statement had shown that Chief Akinjide was not conversant with the details of what transpired during the installation and that he did not take sufficient interest in checking facts relating to fund raising for the occasion.
They argued that the coronation committee never raised any budget for the consideration of the state government.
They admitted that the governor added N9 million to the N11million donated by the 11 local governments in the city, adding that the claim of Akinjide that the coronation committee submitted a budget of N39 million was nothing but a mere ruse that came to them as a big surprise.
They reminded him that it had been the practice from time immemorial for the state government to contribute to the official installation of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, being the paramount ruler of the capital city and seat of government.
â€œIt does Chief Akinjide no credit to disparage the practice on this occasion as a beneficiary of the Ibadan Chieftaincy system and a close political ally of the incumbent Olubadan whose installation arrangement he chose to ridicule,â€ they said.