Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, on Monday warned against the presentation of frivolous petitions on chieftaincy issues, asking that family members presenting candidates for the positions of Baale and Mogaji should iron out their differences before making presentations.
A statement by the Personal Assistant on Media to the monarch, Oladele Ogunsola, quoted Olubadan as saying he issued the warning during the installation of some Mogajis and Baales, which included a former staff member of the Nigerian Television Authority, Kayode Bamiduro, who 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 stands for what Kabiyesi stands for, which is justice and fairness. Olubadan frowns at frivolous petitions, and we, his council members, are solidly behind him.
“Our revered father would not take a bribe to pervert the course of justice, and we, his chiefs, too, would not soil our hands. So, the counsel of Olubadan and his council members’ advice to families presenting candidates for the positions of Mogaji and Baale is to do your homework properly and don’t drag us into your family feud. Don’t threaten us with court papers at the point of installation; we are respecters of the law, but we are not afraid of court papers,” he stated.
Ajibola disclosed that petitions were brought against some of the chiefs being installed at the occasion, but both Olubadan and his council members found no merit in the papers brought.
Baale Isajin, Chief Bamiduro, who reacted on behalf of the other newly installed chiefs, expressed gratitude to God for making the occasion possible against all odds, just as he praised Olubadan and his advisory council members for their fatherly roles with a promise to follow to the letter all the pieces of advice and instructions given to them during their installations.
He said, “We were admonished at the installation on certain things, and I can assure our fathers (Olubadan and his Advisory Council members) that we won’t go outside our bounds.”