President Muhammadu Buhari and Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi
President Muhammadu Buhari and Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi has told President Muhammadu Buhari that politicians hijacked the Ibadan chieftaincy matter and turned it into a tussle that threatened the security of his state.
Ajimobi, who spoke to newsmen shortly after a private audience with the President at the Presidential Villa, today, Tuesday, said: “I also mentioned the issue of security to the President.
“Recall that Oyo state has been in the news because of the issue of Olubadan chieftaincy declaration. So I came to make him know that the Olubadan is my father. He is a younger brother to my own father and we have had a very long relationship, which has been father-son relationship.
“I assured him that come rain, come shine, I will never depose the Olubadan because he is a father and a son does not depose his father. Even though he has done so many things that could be used to remove him, I will never remove him. We have to continue to show respect.
“I also made him to realise that that particular chieftaincy declaration is being politicised. Politicians have hijacked it. Out of 11 council members, two of them are dead now and we have only nine remaining. It is only one that is not supporting it; and that one that is not supporting it is a politician. He wants to run after I leave office. So I believe that the Olubadan declaration issue is being hijacked by politicians. But let’s thank God that elders, stakeholders, and well-meaning Nigerians have intervened and I think reason will prevail. These are the things I have to let the president know.”[myad]