The Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has declared that there is no rancour between him and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Makinde’s declaration comes against the backdrop of fears in some quarters that the state government was opposed to the decision of the Olubadan to install Yekini Abass as Babaloja of Oyo State.
He disclosed this on Tuesday during a visit to Olubadan in commemoration on his 92nd birthday.
At the event, Makinde approved Olubadan’s appointment of Yekini Abass as the Babaloja of Oyo State, saying that due process for the appointment be followed.
The governor maintained that contrary to insinuations that a rift existed between him and Kabiyesi, “there can never be issues between them and if there are, he and Kabiyesi will settle as father and son.
“I want to say here that since Kabiyesi has taken such a decision, it is confirmed by the government as well. So, they should follow the needed due process. Kabiyesi cannot make a decision and we will overturn it.
“Those who are fond of peddling negative news about the Oyo State government and what we are doing in the state are saying there is rancour between Kabiyesi and me.
“Let me say this again that I was brought up responsibly and I will never disrespect elders. Whoever becomes governor should know that the position expires in four years, and if he wishes to seek reelection, he must come back to tell the people.
”If the people want him, he will be voted for and vice versa. But what about Kabiyesi? Once he ascends the throne, he stays there until he joins his ancestors. So, there is nothing that could have caused a rift between us.
“I want to assure once again, that we will do all that is needed to be done as a government, not only for the Olubadan but also for all our traditional rulers in Oyo State. We will always give what is due to them. If there are issues, Baba can call me and we will settle things amicably.” He concluded