March 16, 2023

Olubadan-in-Council denies endorsing Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde


…says council has no anointed candidate

By Adeola Badru

Barely 48 hours to the gubernatorial election in Oyo State, the Olubadan-in-Council has declared that it has no anointed candidate among the array of candidates jostling for the Agodi Government House, just as the council denied endorsing Governor ‘Seyi Makinde for a second term.

Debunking the claim on behalf of the Olubadan-in-Council, the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Hamidu Ajibade said there was nothing like that, stressing that “the governor actually invited us to a meeting in his Ikolaba residence which we attended as traditional heads.

He said: “At the meeting, he told us that he would be contesting on Saturday and sought for our support and prayer. There and then we told him that God would grant him his heart desires. We did not do or say any other thing than offering him prayers which we are expected to do as elders and the custodians of our tradition and culture.”

“I blame the media for their wrong interpretation and a misplaced one for that matter because, by our positions, we are fathers of all and we are not expected to have favourite among our various children contesting for the same position.”

“If you look at the gubernatorial candidates in the race in the state, I don’t think we would have less than 98% of them as sons of Ibadanland. So, what kind of a father would choose just one and neglect others?”

“What’s more, our revered father, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II who heads the Council said to have endorsed the governor was not even in the know of the meeting talk less of being part of it. So, how would the head of a Council be absent at a meeting where such a vital pronouncement would be made?”

“The general public is by this reaction being informed to discountenance the earlier report as nothing but the inner wish of the writer and promoter and which remains at variance with our exalted positions as fathers of all.”

“We have no anointed candidate among the gubernatorial candidates contesting for the seat in Oyo State come Saturday this week,” High Chief Ajibade emphasised.

Earlier, the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole advised other governorship candidates to allow Governor Makinde to complete his second term ambition, persuading them to begin their own process after the completion of his tenure as governor of the state.

He gave the opinion while speaking on behalf of other members of the council that paid a solidarity visit to the governor at his Ikolaba residence on Thursday.