By: Ogunremi Esther
The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa land who also doubles as Chairman, Chieftaincy Review Committee saddled with the responsibility of reviewing the promotion and upgrading of some Baales by Sen. Amosun, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle has advised the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun not to allow unnecessary and undue pressure coming from different quarters as to lifting the suspension of the ‘last minute’ Baales.
Olugbenle told Dapo Abiodun this during the submission of report by the committee held today at the Governor’s office in Abeokuta.
It will be recalled that the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in the last minute of his tenure, upgraded some Baales to coronet Obas and promoted some ‘class C’ Obas to first class positions without adequate consultation.
These Obas were suspended and dethroned immediately by Dapo Abiodun after assuming office in May. A committee was however put in place to understudy the promotion and upgrading.
Delivering the report on behalf of the committee, Olu of Ilaro said, “most of the promotions were not justified, they were compensations made by the past Governor as part of rewards for their political patronage.
Most, if not all of the upgrading and promotions were politically motivated. They will come, promise you that their people will vote for you if you allow them to continue in their new positions, compelling you to make unnecessary promises. Don’t be carried away, tell them to ask their people to vote for you.”
Citing the example of Ibadan where the traditional institutions have been bastardized by political patronizers, the Olu of Ilaro said that, a similar act was reflecting itself in the state, where a Baale who just in space of two years, found himself as a first class Oba.
The committee also urged the Governor to look into the Chief’s laws of Ogun State and see how to how it can be reviewed. VOA News gathered.
The case of the Olofin of Ado-Odo, HRM Oba Lateef Akanni Adeniran who has been forced into exile since 2013 was also mentioned and discussed.
While reacting to the committee’s report, the Governor said, ‘no doubt, the committee has done a thorough job’.
“I note all your observations, particularly concerning the amendment of the Chieftaincy’s law.
I note also the observation with regards that it is as if due process has been thrown to the wind in the either appointment and promotion of Baales.
I also note your observation with regards the matter of Olofin of Ado-Odo who has been in exile for quite some times. As a matter of fact, this matter came up yesterday and am also glad that you made mention of it.
On our part as government, we’ll take this report, study, review it and we will mark it for appropriate steps to be taken.”
He thanked the committee for doing a rigorous community service with the report.
The committee, chaired by the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has Osile of Oke Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya, Elepe of Epe, Sagamu, Oba Adewale Osiberu, Aro of Egbaland, Chief Yinka Kufile, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Babatunde Oyeti, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lanre Osota, as members.