The apex socio-cultural organization in Ibadanland, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), is confident that the lingering chieftaincy dispute triggered by the installation of 21 new obas by the Oyo State government will soon be settled out of court judging by the ‘cooperation and enthusiasm’ of the contenders in its reconciliation efforts.
The President of the CCII, Chief Yemi Soladoye, expressed the confidence in an interview with journalists shortly after leading a Truth and Reconciliation Committee to a meeting with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, on Friday.
He was upbeat that an amicable resolution, which, he said, would produce no victor nor vanquished was in the offing in the avowed determination of the CCII and respected elders of the land to end the impasse.
The CCII president said that the TRC would round off its troubleshooting efforts by the end of January and make recommendations, which he said would be satisfactory to the parties concerned.
He said that membership of the TRC, which is being coordinated by the CCII, included representatives of the elders of the land, religious bodies, retired military officers, recognized mogajis, authentic mogajis and a former Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, had instituted a court action against the state government following the installation of the 21 Obas by the governor; an action, which, he said, did not follow the due process and tradition.
At the Friday’s meeting with the governor were the leaders of the authentic mogajis, Chiefs Olawale Oladoja and Abass Oloko, who have been the arrowheads of the opposition against the installation of the new obas and have been speaking in support of the Olubadan.
Also in attendance were the representatives of Ibadan Elders and retired military personnel on the TRC, Chief Lere Adigun and Gen. Raji Rasaki, respectively.
Soladoye said, “We are happy that all the stakeholders in the matter have seen the need to embrace peace. Judging by the progress we have made so far in the TRC, I can assure you that the matter will soon be settled out of court judging by the cooperation and enthusiasm of the parties.”