BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN-APPARENTLY jolted by the results of the National Assembly election within the domain of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, has reportedly initiated a reconciliation move that would end the strained relationship between him and the influential monarch.
In the National Assembly election, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost in all the four Local Governments within the jurisdiction of Oba Adeyemi, a development that would have been impossible if there was no frosty relationship between the duo.
The son of the monarch, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, who earlier contested a chairmanship seat on the platform of the PDP has since defected to the ACN.
The governor and the monarch parted ways for quite sometime and the rift between the two climaxed last year when the monarch raised alarm that the governor in alleged connivance with some security men planned to kill him.
Though, the governor denied the allegation, saying of what use would the killing of Oba Adeyemi be to him, bot since kept each other at arm’s length.
However, few days to the governorship election, Akala reportedly got in touch with some close associates of the monarch to plead with him over the rift between them.
According to an impeccable source, the reconciliation team was led by a retired Bishop of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu and a serving Vice-Chancellor, Prof Moshood Nassar.
The governor was said to have succumbed to some conditions given to him by the monarch for him to sheathe his sword.
Vanguard gathered that one of the conditions was that the governor would relieve one of the major backbones of his government which is an indigene of the ancient town of Oyo of his post.
However, Governor Akala denied holding any meeting with the monarch on the governorship poll. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Public Communications, Prince Dotun Oyelade, Governor Akala, said “ it is not uncommon for political leaders to meet with community leaders and traditional rulers to iron out grey areas in the polity and reach suitable compromises.”
Also, the personal assistant to the monarch said he did not have any knowledge of the meeting.