The long drawn battle between the 21 monarchs in Ibadanland and Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, may have ended.
The 21 monarchs were crowned by the immidiate past Oyo Sate Governor, Abiola Ajimobi in 2017 to writtle down the powr of Olubadan. The mtter nudged both parties to the law court before the coming of the present Governor, Seyi Makinde.
The monarchs’ appearance on Monday as part of the entourage of the Olubadan to the ongoing Southwest security summit at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI), gave credence to the resolution of the crisis between them.
The joint public appearance came two years after the monarchs and the Olubadan went their separate ways, following the crowning of members of the Olubadan-In-Council in 2017.
The monarchs had boycotted the palace since their crowning due to the Olubadan’s opposition to their elevation.
The Olubadan argued that the state government has no right to independently elevate his chiefs.
Though both parties indicated their willingness to reconcile while the crisis lasted, the Olubadan insisted that the only condition for reconciliation was for the elevated high chiefs to drop their crowns and wait for their time to ascend the throne of the Olubadan as is the custom.
But the elevated high chiefs also stood their ground, stressing that their crowning was already gazetted by the state government.
The appearance of the obas at the security summit on Monday, however, indicated that they have surrendered to the tough stance of the Olubadan as they wore only common caps as they sat two lines behind the Olubadan as members of his entourage.
Monday’s outing might be a silent indication that the royal rumble in the Olubadan palace has come to an end without fanfare.
On the entourage were Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Asipa Olubadan High Chief, Eddy Oyewole; Balogun Olubadan High Chief, Owolabi Olakulehin; Asipa Balogun High Chief, Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ekarun Olubadan High Chief, Amidu Ajibade and Ekarun Balogun High Chief, Adegbola.
At the meeting were also Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Frederick Akinruntan; Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu and a host of other traditional rulers.
Oyo State Governor Makinde hailed the reconciliation between the Olubadan and his high chiefs.
He gave the commendation during his welcome speech at the ongoing security meeting.
Sighting the high chiefs without their crowns in their attendance with the Olubadan,Makinde said: “In the entourage of the Olubadan, I can see the high chiefs. I think it is a positive development in Oyo State. We are talking about security here; and I think it is part of what will help overall security of the society.”
Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, also described the reconciliation as a good development.