Jan 6 2018
President, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) Chief Yemi Soladoye has declared that the lingering chieftaincy crisis will soon be settled out of court.
Soladoye said that judging by the ‘cooperation and enthusiasm’ of the contenders in its reconciliation efforts, the crisis will soon be a thing of the past.
The CCII President gave this assurance in an interview with journalists shortly after he led a Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC), to a meeting with governor Abiola Ajimobi on Friday.
Soladoye said that the amicable resolution of the dispute would produce no victor nor vanquished.
He noted that the TRC would round off its 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 was 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 Akanmu 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.
Present at the peace meeting on Friday with Ajimobi were the leaders of the Authentic Mogajis (Family Heads), Chiefs Olawale Oladoja and Abass Oloko, 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.
“We have extracted a firm promise from those concerned on the need to withdraw all the court cases in the overall interest of Ibadanland. We are doing everything possible not to jeorpadise the reconciliation process, hence all the stakeholders have been included in the TRC.
“We have advised the contenders to stop issuing inflammatory statements capable of dragging back the hand of the clock. You will recall that there had been threats and counter-threats by the 21 obas and the authentic mogajis in recent times.
“We have no doubt that the issue will soon become history. In the end there will not be no victor nor vanquished. We are meeting with all the stakeholders and we deemed it appropriate to meet with the governor first.
“We are happy that he is keen on seeing the matter resolved amicably”.
Soladoye said that the attendance of the Authentic Mogajis at the meeting with the governor should send a positive signal to the people that the TRC was making appreciable progress that would soon bear fruits, noting that none of the stakeholders would be dissatisfied or still feel embittered at the end of the reconciliation efforts.