Denies suspension of monarch’s salary
Ibadan—THE All Progressives Congress, Oyo State has said the legal move taken by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to contest the review of Olubadan chieftaincy declaration and promotion of new kings was more honourable than the provocative and combative approach by his media team.
The party through his Director of Media, Research and Strategy, Dr Abdulazeez Olatunde was reacting to the case filed by the monarch in the state High Court and allegations that the governor had stopped his salaries and other entitlements.
According to the party, most of the statements credited to the Media Director of Oba Adetunji, Mr. Adeola Oloko, were not complimentary of an imperial majesty stool, noting that people should understand that it is the hand of Esau, voice of Jacob as the Olubadan is known to be a man of peace who respects his stool and accords same to his people.
The party further noted that it is commendable that the revered royal father has finally remembered that justice can only be gotten from the court of law and not through rude, insulting, provocative and inflammatory statements by media aides who ought to be chastised for their uncharitable utterances that do nothing else but further desecrate the respected stool of the Olubadan.
Dr Olatunde stated that contrary to the insinuation from the palace that the Olubadan’s allowances have not been paid in the last six months, the party was pleasantly surprised to discover that the allowances meant for the Olubadan and other members of the Local Government Traditional Council and the Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers have been paid up to date by the 11 local governments on one hand and the state government on the other in line with the payment status of everyone on the payroll of both tiers of government.
The APC chieftain noted that the Olubadan’s allowance is not treated in isolation but alongside that of other traditional rulers in the state as well as everyone on the payroll.
He stressed that when salaries are delayed, it is not only the Olubadan that is affected, decrying the malicious attempt to portray the Oyo State Government as singling out the monarch for victimization.