Ajimobi Has Done Well And I Must Say It – Olubadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Thursday said that the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has brought development to the state upon his assumption as Chief Executive of the State.
Olubadan said this at a meeting chaired by Governor Ajimobu with other monarchs in the state to brief them about his feats and his future plans to sustain his administration’s transformation agenda.
The Olubadan said that he praised the governor for his unrelenting efforts to bring development to the state.
He said, “Yoruba don’t appreciate themselves except to abuse and criticise but when someone has done well, we must say it. I am talking about what I have seen so far. In view of this, I would have loved him to go for another term if not that the constitution does not allow it.
“The governor has performed very well. He has recorded unprecedented achievements worthy of commendation. This is the only way to spur him into greater performance for the benefit of the whole state.”
In his speech, the Alaafin said the governor should be commended for all he had achieved since the beginning of his administration in spite of the dwindling allocations from the Federation Account and paltry internally-generated revenue.
“We can only commend you for all you have been able to achieve in the last seven years. We are very impressed with your performance. The only thing you are not telling us is where you have been getting the money to do all the projects. I have had to engage you in private discussions on this recently to ask how you source the money you have been using to execute the projects since you are not printing money,” said the monarch.
Ajimobi, in his address said that the meeting was borne out of the need for him to carry the royal fathers along about the programmes and policies of his administration, giving their position as the custodian of culture and tradition and the closest to the people.
He said, “I have called this meeting to ensure that there is constant dialogue with you, our royal fathers and to intimate you with our developmental plans and goals. It is also to discuss our efforts so far at repositioning the state and to see what our state will be like in the next 25 years.
“I am happy to announce to you that Oyo State has been described as one of the safest states in Nigeria. We will therefore not want anything that will disrupt the pervading peace which we have been enjoying all these years.”
Also at the meeting was the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Rafiu Adekunle; Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola; Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Popoola; and the representative of Soun of Ogbomoso, the Aare Ago of Ogbomoso land, Chief Sobalaje Otolorin.
Recall that the monarch, who has been engulfed in a feud with the governor over the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and the installation of 21 new kings in Ibadan by Ajimobi, said this during a meeting with the governor in Ibadan.