By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—STRONG indications emerged that the royal battle between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and new kings installed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State may soon be over as the new kings, attended a formal peace meeting at the Popoyemoja palace of the monarch, yesterday.
The peace parley, Vanguard gathered, was initiated by some Ibadan indigenes in Diaspora to end the imbroglio that has threatened the peace within the Ibadan traditional council.
Though, the outcome of the meeting was not discussed with newsmen, Vanguard gathered that amicable resolution had reached an advanced stage.
The monarch and the new kings have been in tango over their promotion from high chiefs to crown wearing kings following the recommendations by a committee set up by Governor Ajimobi to review the 1959 Olubadan chieftaincy declaration.
Last week, there was a meeting which had only two of the new kings in attendance. But the latest meeting appeared to be more elaborate.
Those at the meeting included the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun; the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakukehin; the Ekaarun Olubadan, Oba Amidu Ajibade Salaudeen, and others.
Some of the new kings were reportedly not at the meeting because some were outside the country.
It was further gathered that the Olubadan was reluctant to receive his estranged members of Olubadan-in-council but he was prevailed upon by his children, who insisted that he must see the new kings.
Before the new kings went to the palace of Olubadan, about six of them had earlier met at the ancient Mapo Hall where they took a common position.
After about two hours of meeting, the palace drummers and those outside the palace were excited saying the crisis was over.
But a source told Vanguard that nothing much has been achieved because no definite position was arrived at.