The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Rashidi Ladoja, on Tuesday, disclosed that he had no grudges against the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun (Alli Okunmade II) and that on no account would he fight with his brother and friend, the monarch.
The PUNCH had reported that the elevation of the members of the Olubadan Advisory Council to beaded crown-wearing Obas held at the Mapo Hall on Friday, July 7, was initiated by the Olubadan, a development the state Governor, Seyi Makinde attested to at the event.
A statement by the Personal Assistant (Media) to the monarch, Oladele Ogunsola, quoted Ladoja as saying that he had been out of town for some time, hence his inability to have seen him since.
The statement said, “Similarly, Oba Balogun told the former governor that he too had nothing whatsoever against him and that he knew all along that there was nothing to warrant any form of a quarrel between the two of them.
“The former governor also said he would be coming to meetings of the Olubadan Advisory Council from which he had been absenting himself since sometime last year as he gave some useful advice on how to well position the Advisory Council.”
On the controversy initiated by him on the recent crowning of his colleague High Chiefs following which he had instituted a court case, Ladoja said he had nothing against the development except that it must not come from the state government, stressing that he remains committed to his conviction.
The former governor recalled that he was part of the discussion when it started at the meeting of the Olubadan Advisory Council and maintained that he’s committed to whatever it is that would protect the traditional institution.