Ibadanland’s Olubadan Oba Lekan Balogun on Monday warned against filing frivolous petitions over chieftaincy issues, calling on family members putting forward candidates for Baale and Mogaji posts to settle their differences before making introductions.
A statement from the monarch’s personal media aide Oladele Ogunsola quoted Olubadan as saying he issued the warning during the installation of some Mogajis and Baals, which included a former Nigerian Television Authority staffer, Kayode Bamiduro, who it became the Baale of Isajin in the Egbeda local government area of the state.
The Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, spoke on behalf of the monarch.
He said: “The Olubadan Advisory Council represents what Kabiyesi stands for, which is justice and equity. Olubadan frowns on frivolous requests, and we, the members of his council, strongly support him.
“Our revered father would not accept a bribe to pervert the course of justice, and we, his bosses, would not dirty our hands either. Therefore, Olubadan’s advice and the advice of his council members to families putting forward candidates for Mogaji and Baale positions is to do your homework properly and not drag us into your family feud. Do not threaten us with court documents at the point of installation; we are law-abiding, but we are not afraid of court papers,” he stated.
Ajibola revealed that petitions were filed against some of the chiefs who were installed at the time, but both Olubadan and his council members found no merit in the documents filed.
Reacting on behalf of the other newly installed chiefs, Baale Isajin, Bamiduro Chief, expressed his gratitude to God for making the occasion possible against all odds, as he praised Olubadan and his advisory council members for their fatherly roles with the promise to follow until the end. the letter all the advice and instructions given to them during their installations.
He said: “We were warned at the facility about certain things, and I can assure our parents (Olubadan and his Advisory Council members) that we will not step out of our bounds.”