Deposed traditional ruler appeals to Makinde

The deposed Oludo of Ido, Ido Local Government of Oyo State, Oba Benjamin Ademola Orobiyi, who was dethroned in 2017, has called on the state Governor Seyi Makinde to look into his file with a view to finding out the truth about his matter.

Orobiyi, who insisted he had committed no offence against individuals or institutions to justify his deposition, expressed his confidence in the governor, whom he said, had since demonstrated objectivity and fairness in his admnistration from May 29, 2019 he assumed duty.

“We have all seen Governor Seyi Makinde as a God-sent man who is administering the state with fairness to all, especially to the oppressed class of the society,” he said.

While addressing a battery of reporters in Ido on Tuesday, Orobiyi said he was shocked when directed to vacate the stool in a letter dated  August 11, 2011 in contrary to the 1960 chieftancy declaration which backed his appointment on December 15,1997.

He said that the Olubadan-in-council, the prescribing authority, had screened him and other contestants from October 1996 to December 1997 before his appointment.

“His Royal Majesty, Oba Emmanuel Adegboyega Adeyemo performed my installation in his Isale-Ijebu Palace, Ibadan,” he stated.

Aside physical development of the town, among Orobiyi’s accomplishments on the throne was the conferment of a title on one Mr Murtala Babalola Gbolagade as the Asipa of Ido due to his contributions to the town.

However, he said a dramatic twist of the event saw the same Gbolagade emerging the Onido after Akinola Tajudeen who had succeeded Orobiyi had also been deposed.

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“The two intruders, Akinola Tajudeen and Murtala Babalola Gbolagade were not qualified to hold the headship of Ido because the incumbent is still alive, chieftaincy declaration was not followed, they have no control over the people of Ido and their selection was against the custom of Ido,” he said.

He disclosed that the intervention of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, whom he said, advised the late Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajibola against the deposition, yielded no result.

Orobiyi also revealed that the community had since experienced a setback, including spread of criminal activities, especially pickpockets at public places after his deposition.

His prayer: “The family of Orobiyi is appealing to our Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde who has the fear of God, in whom we saw transparency and good governance to kindly with mercy look into this case and restore back the God appointed Oba of Ido, Benjamin Ademola Isola Orobiyi (II) who is always loyal to good governance.”

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