Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday revealed he knows those attacked the palace of Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Ajimobi added that they were those who had hijacked the palace because preparations for the 2019 elections have started.
He said: “Politicians have hijacked the Olubadan palace. We know them: they want to be governor, they want to be Olubadan and they want to become the chairman of the party.”
He said the encroachment of the palace by opposition politicians was responsible for the perceived disagreement between him and the Olubadan, which resulted in Monday’s attack of the palace by gunmen.
The governor spoke yesterday when the state National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO) gave him a merit award at Adamasingba Stadium.
“That was what they did during the Baba Lamidi Adedibu era. You cannot tell us that, that is the way they use to do. They accused Baba Adedibu. They used blood of cow to rub their house and said they were attacked. It was when the police came they knew it was the blood of the cow.
“They attacked former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala in Akure. I don’t have guns, but the gun I have is the mouth. They want to turn Olubadan against us, but we will not agree.”
Ajimobi noted that despite their differences and the powers he has as governor, he would not remove the Olubadan.
“One does not remove his father. He (Olubadan) has done something that if I just sign, he will be removed. But I will not. It is not in my time that the Olubadan would be removed.
“They have failed. We did the flyover bridge but they said they had the idea. They did not have the idea; Jemibewon did.
“Those of you who have the chance should help us tell the Olubadan. I want you to visit him. I don’t want to go there because people may also shoot and they will accuse us of being responsible.
“They have done it in the past. They accused Alao-Akala of being responsible for poisoning a noodle.”