Former governor Rashidi Ladoja, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdur-Rasheed Akanbi, Oloye Lekan Alabi as well as a former Chief of Staff/Media Adviser to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Mr. Sunday Dare and other eminent personalities graced the installation of Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu as Agbaakin Fiwajoye of Ibadanland
Amidst tight security, the Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji yesterday at his Popoyemoja palace, Ibadan, installed the Saki-born politician who is his aspiring to be governor of the state.
For many months, the monarch had had to postpone the event until the relationship between him and the governor went sour.
The Ibadan High Chiefs who were recently elevated to Obaship status had threatened to boycott the event as they were not informed and invited.
True to their threats, the 21 new Obas were conspicuously absent at the event.
There was heavy security at the palace vicinity while guest were only allowed in after thorough checks.
Plain- clothed detectives, armed police, the state anti- crime patrol teams, members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were all positioned at strategic positions to ensure law and other
Several family members, friends and political associates of the Saki-born politician honoured him with their presence.
Shittu, who arrived Olubadan palace in the company of his wife and family members in a Black Toyota Land cruiser, was ushered into the palace to pay homage to Chiefs before the installation ceremony.
After being decorated with the Akoko leaves and traditional bead with the inscription “Agbaakin Fiwajoye of Ibadanland”, the minister, who was claded in his blue traditional agbada, expressed appreciation to the Olubadan for the honour bestowed on him.
The Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja who spoke on behalf of Olubadan, congratulated the newly installed chief.
He noted the Minister has become a honourary chief to the prestigious Olubadan stool.
Speaking with newsmen at the Jogor Centre where guests were entertained,Chief Shittu said the honour done on him by the Olubadan is an icing on the cake to his undying love and commitment to Ibadan as a town.