Barely 48 hours to the gubernatorial election in Oyo State, Olubadan-in-Council has declared it has no anointed candidate among the array of candidates jostling for the Agodi Government House come 29th May, this year.
This position of the highest Ibadan traditional system runs contrary to the media report made earlier in the day claiming that the incumbent governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who is aiming for another term under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday election had received the traditional heads’ endorsement.
Debunking the claim on behalf of the Olubadan-in-Council, the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Hamidu Ajibade said there was nothing like that, stressing that “the governor actually invited us to a meeting in his Ikolaba residence which we attended as traditional heads.
“At the meeting, he told us that he would be contesting on Saturday and sought for our support and prayer. There and then we told him that God would grant him his heart desires.
“We did not do or say any other thing than offering him prayers which we are expected to do as elders and the custodians of our tradition and culture.
“I blame the media for their wrong interpretation and a misplaced one for that matter because, by our positions, we are fathers of all and we are not expected to have favourite among our various children contesting for the same position.
“If you look at the gubernatorial candidates in the race in the state, I don’t think we would have less than 98% of them as sons of Ibadanland. So, what kind of a father would choose just one and neglect others?
“What’s more, our revered father, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II who heads the Council said to have endorsed the governor was not even in the know of the meeting talk less of being part of it.
“So, how would the head of a Council be absent at a meeting where such a vital pronouncement would be made?
“The general public is by this reaction being informed to discountenance the earlier report as nothing but the inner wish of the writer and promoter and which remains at variance with our exalted positions as fathers of all.
“We have no anointed candidate among the gubernatorial candidates contesting for the seat in Oyo State come Saturday this week”, High Chief Ajibade emphasized.