That Chief Lamidi Adedibu, PDP strongman of
From all indications, Adedibu’s absence at the ceremony might be (God forbid) an indication that the battle line has finally been drawn between the Ekarun of Ibadanland and the royal father. Regardless of any pretentious posture by the self-acclaimed Oyo state political leader at the moment, there is no love lost between him and the Olubadan.
Although, Adedibu supposedly accepted the monarch’s pronouncement by saying he dares not cross path with Oba Odugade 1, event unfolding in
Oba Odulana has given hints about his non-tolerant for politics of bitterness among his subjects especially
Suffice to say that having attained the position of a political god-father for many politicians in
Constitutionally, Nigerian traditional institution of which Olubadan is a member has no authority of any kind on its subjects. Whatever respect accorded royal fathers is due to our traditional beliefs and practice. No Nigerian is duty bound by law to be subjected to any royal father’s say so, since the rule of law takes precedent over pronouncements from any quarter outside the constitutional provisions. It is therefore impossible for Oba Odulana to literally enforce his political ban on titled Ibadan Chiefs.
Adedibu’s antecedent can be traced back to civilian regimes before Alao-Akala’s, when he had (and still has) vice-grip on Oyo state’s chief executives. Till date, his words carry enormous weight within corridors of power in the state, and he’s enjoying the financial rewards to the fullest. For the Oloosa Molete, to lose all those largesse that are regularly showered on him in his capacity as a political kingmaker, will naturally not go down well with him, his initial public acceptance of Olubadan’s directive notwithstanding.
Having made his point, it is not too late if the Olubadan and his Ekarun can meet privately and sort out their differences for the sake of peace and tranquility in Ibadanland in particular, and Oyo State in general. Their impending confrontation is akin to the proverbial grass that suffers when two elephants fight. The ordinary people of Ibadanland potentially will be the great losers in the event of full-scale atrocities between the two elderly persons.