The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said that the court verdict which declared the panel that recommended the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration a nullity calls not for celebration as it is a case of no Victor, no vanquished.
IBADAN MEDIA had earlier reported that an
High Court sitting presided by Justice Olajumoke Aiki in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital had nullified the installation of 21 kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Friday.
The Olubadan told The Nation yesterday that the review had divided Ibadan indigenes, adding that this did not gladden his heart as the father of all.
His Imperial Majesty, who spoke through his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Adeola Oloko, said: “We are not celebrating or humiliating anybody. For us, there is no victor, no vanquished. To be candid, the incident has divided Ibadan indigenes. This is displeasing to the Olubadan because he is the overall father of all indigenes. What we want is the unity of all Ibadan indigenes and preservation of the Ibadan Chieftaincy system.
“The high chiefs have the right to appeal the judgment. However, we shall wait for the outcome of the appeal, if they do. Otherwise, we expect them to comply with the judgment.”
The Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, had also refused to accept the beaded crown, thus challenging the establishment of the panel and its recommendations in court.