Monarchy

Disposed Traditional Ruler Urges Makinde To Revisit Petition

06 February
The disposed traditional ruler, Onido of Idoland in Ido Local Government of Oyo State, Chief Tajudeen Agura, has urged the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde to revisit his petition on Ido chieftaincy for development of the town.
 
He said the step became necessary because emergence of the Onido, Oba Gbolagade Babalola (Gbadewolu I), who was suspended by the government a few days ago, was not in consonance with the Chiefs Law declaration ‘and he’s not even from Ido and Agura family’.
 
The government last week suspended the Onido following reports linking him to illegal mining .
 
A statement by Agura reads: “Ido chieftaincy is guided by law, which is the declaration given to us in 1958 and stamped in 1960 that says “Declaration made under Section 4 (2) of the Chiefs Law, 1957 of the Customary Law regulating the selection to the Onido of Ido Chieftaincy. There’s only one ruling house and the identity of the ruling house is Agura.
 
“The person who may be proposed as candidate by the ruling house entitled to fill a vacancy in the chieftaincy shall be a male descendant from the male side of the ruling house.
 
“I was appointed as the Onido of Ido on July 6, 2009 by the late Oba Samuel Odulana (Odugade I) and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters gave me a letter indicating the governor’s approval.
 
“After that, the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi gave me an instrument of office on July 29, 2011. In 2013, my colleagues at Ido Local Government, which constitutes Ido Local Government Traditional Council, asked me to partake in illegal activities, which I refused to do. But, since then, they have been writing petitions to the government that I grabbed land and the issue was investigated by a three-man panel constituted by the late Governor Ajimobi, but it found nothing against me.
 
“As I speak, the panel’s findings are yet to be released because it did not indict. I tried to petition Governor Ajimobi, but to no avail till his death.
 
“I also petitioned the new government when it came in 2019 but till now, no action has been taken. I don’t know whether the governor saw my petition or not until a few months ago when I implored the governor to revisit the issue and I learnt it is with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters for action.
 
“I implore Governor Makinde to revisit the petition because the man is from somewhere around Moniya and I feel this is injustice. This made me to sue the Olubadan and Oyo State Government.”
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