The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has declared support for Governor Abiola Ajimobi, over the court case instituted by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, against him, the Attorney General of the state, the Local Government Commissioner and 20 others.
The APC, while commending the monarch for taking the legal option, however, criticised comments credited to his media director, Adeola Oloko, over the Obaship saga.
The party in a statement by its spokesman, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said it was commendable that the Olubadan remembered that justice can only be gotten from the court of law and “not through rude, insulting, provocative and inflammatory statements by media aides who ought to be chastised for their uncharitable utterances that do nothing else but further desecrate the respected stool of the Olubadan.”
It said contrary to the insinuation that the Olubadan’s allowances were yet to be paid in the last six months, his allowance and those of members of the Local Government Traditional Council and the state Council of Traditional Rulers have been paid up to date by the 11 local government areas, as well as the state government.
APC stressed that when salaries are delayed, it was not only the Olubadan that was affected, decrying the malicious attempt to portray the state government as singling out the monarch for victimisation.
The party noted: “Our father, the Olubadan, receives multiple tax free payments from all the 11 local governments in Ibadan land. For instance, he has collected up till August 2017 from Ibadan South East, Ido, Ibadan South West, Ibadan North, Oluyole and Ibadan North East council areas while Lagelu council area has paid up to July 2017.
“Egbeda and Ona Ara council areas have paid up to June 2017. Only Akinyele council area is behind in meeting its financial obligations and it is not peculiar to the Olubadan, but to the generality of those on its payroll.
“Contrary to the six months outstanding payment being peddled, the state government has paid all the monarchs in the state up to June 2017 from the appropriated fund of the approved budget and that is the same month which workers in the state have been paid up to. Kabiyesi still collects his honorarium for any event he attends just like the recently held APC organised public sitting on True Federalism.
“These details were sourced from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters through the Director in charge, Mr. Zaccheus Jaiyeola. We challenge Oloko to produce documentary evidence that the state governor has stopped paying Olubadan’s allowance.
“We in the APC hold and respect our royal fathers in the state. We accord them their due respect and we will continue to support them. We however appeal to them to separate politics from communal development as well as chieftaincy matters.”
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