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“Obasanjo Impeached Governor Ladoja Over Arrogance” – Alaafin Of Oyo Confesses

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“Obasanjo Impeached Governor Ladoja Over Arrogance” – Alaafin Of Oyo Confesses

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April 1st, 2014 – “Obasanjo Impeached Governor Ladoja Over Pride” – Alaafin Of Oyo Confesses

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, has opened up for the first time, on his involvement in the impeachment of former Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja.

Oba Adeyemi said that former governor Ladoja would have spent his four years in office but for his alleged arrogance, disregard for elders and traditional institution.

The paramount ruler spoke on Sunday at the 4th Fidau and lecture in memory of Pa Abdul-Azeez Akewugberu, held at Ojude Aremo in Oyo town.

Pa Abdul-Azees was the father of immediate-past chairman of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Taofeek Akewugberu.

The monarch narrated how former President Olusegun Obasanjo contacted him and the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul –Azees Arisekola Alao, on his intention to impeach Ladoja.

“Initially, when the former president, made his intention known, Aare and I were displeased and unhappy, in spite of all odds, as we were sympathetic to the cause of former governor LadoJa. As a result, we passionately appealed to ex-president Obasanjo to forgive Ladoja and let off the hook on him.’’

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He stated that while this lasted, Ladoja continued to display the toga of arrogance and un-remorsefulness to them and Obasanjo, due to the lure of office.

“Consequently, former president Obasanjo became more enraged and stood his ground that LadoJa must go. You know Obasanjo, he is like a moving train ready to crush anyone who attempts to obstruct his plan or decision. We were all living witnesses to what he (Obasanjo) did to Aare- Musulumi.

So, we set the ball rolling, though reluctantly, by thinking of those to constitute the panel through the then acting Chief Judge.”

Oba Adeyemi said that at the time the names of the panel members were being compiled, there were no charges to be preferred against the former governor.

“I single-handedly drafted the three charges preferred against the former governor. They include unspent N100m budgetary allocation to the State Council of Obas and Chiefs but which the former governor unilaterally and unconstitutionally dissolved barely five months after budget approval. Also, he was charged with illegal dissolution of the state Council of Obas and Chiefs and without recourse to either the chairman of the council or the state House of Assembly.

The third charge was unlawful de-centralisation of the council of obas and chiefs into zones. He was found guilty by the panel and the report submitted to the Assembly, which resulted in the ex-governor’s removal from office.

Alaafin however, condemned the erroneous impression that he was fond of whole-heartedly supporting whoever emerged as governor at the beginning of tenure, but engaged the state chief executive in rift towards the end of his tenu“Alaafin, as an institution and his dynasty always anchors his principle on good governance, equity, fairness and social justice for all. Anyone in position of authority that is shirking in his or her responsibility to the people, who gave out their mandate through election[s]on trust, must be ready to face the wrath of Alaafin,” he said.

Earlier, in his sermon, renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Muyideen Ajani Bello, has described the paramount ruler as an ‘’unequalled ruler whose uncompromising and unrepentant penchant for justice and honesty of purpose transcends religious or ethnic cubicle’’.

Bello who extolled the virtues of late pa Abul-Azees during his life time, urged the people, especially religious leaders to emulate resillence, devotion and good neighbourliness which the deceased were noted for.

[Reported by Boade Ojuaiye, Daily Sun]

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jesuit onye

    April 1, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    late confession

  2. Bodunwa Idris

    April 1, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    alaafin and politicians pt 2

  3. aishat

    April 1, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    nigerians wit corruption.nawao

  4. zee

    April 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Arrant nonsence

  5. Bitter Pills

    April 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    This morning confession is belated.an oba turned Politician. I don’t in anyway believe in Nigerian politics.Nigerian politicians are like a chicken pecking her intestine.I called them a Peckish Politicians.While I will not support any insubordinate attitude in any office.I don’t know this man (Ladoja). but he is alive today with full of life.May God forgive his People.

  6. FX2

    April 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Medicine after death….Hissss

  7. omoniger1

    April 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    This is not a wise confession Kabiyesi if this is truth from you.Whatever happened you are still our father-‘ipo agba la nba agba’.The Yoruba race need to unite.Please sir call Ladoja and let him reasons and correct him.Iku babayeye Irumole omowe to gbe inu Affin….Kabiyesi.

  8. Shaka

    April 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    These a do or die affaire.

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