Members of the Authentic Ibadan Mogajis said they would stage a protest to register their displeasure over what they described as a verbal assault against the Olubadan stool by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
The group had issued a seven – day ultimatum against the governor after he said on a radio programme that he once sent one of the present Olubadan’s wives on love errands . The ultimatum will expire on Tuesday.
Punch reported that the planning of the protest is coming at a time when some Yoruba monarchs are initiating peace move to settle the crisis generated by the governor’ s installation of 21 new kings in Ibadan, which the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Mogajis, are contesting.
According to the spokesman for the Mogajis, Chief Wale Oladoja, who is also the Mogaji of Akinsola compound in Oopo Labiran area of Ibadan, said the group had applied for police permit for the protest.
Oladoja said that the group had nothing against Ajimobi as a person, but only wanted the governor to separate governance from tradition and customs of the people.
Oladoja said, “Our stand on the seven – day ultimatum remains intact. The governor must apologise for insulting the wife of our father and Olubadan of Ibadan land over his recent comment on the wife of Olubadan. No intimidation can make us change our mind. We are the bonafide sons of Ibadan land and nobody can dispute that .
“All the indigenes of Ibadan land know their Mogajis, so nobody can deny that we represent our respective families. We won’t allow unconstitutional crowning of high chiefs as Obas, and baales as kings. It is custom robbery and we won’t accept that. Above all, it is not possible and we won ’t accept it. The governor should allow the court to decide the fate of everyone involved in the Olubadan crisis and stop verbal vituperation against the person and stool of the Olubadan.”