Engr. Seyi Makinde, the executive governor of the Pace Setter State, had on Tuesday during his courtesy visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Adetunji Ajeoguguluso I, approved the installation of the Alhaji Yekini Abass as the Babaloja of Oyo State.
Governor Makinde at the Olubadan Palace Popoyemoja area of Ibadan also promised to always continue to accord the traditional rulers in the State their due respect.
NewsRain gathered that Governor Makinde’s visit to the Monarch was in line to commemorate with him on his 92nd birthday.
Governor Makinde, who was on a national assignment of the PDP to Ondo State during the birthday celebration of the Monarch, declared that he gave his backing to the decision made by the Monarch to appoint Chief Yekini Abass who is popularly known as Y.K. Abass as the Babaloja of Oyo State.
While confirming the appointment of the Babaloja of Oyo State, Governor Makinde said: “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.
According to the Governor, who said his administration will do all that is needed for all the traditional rulers in the state and that as someone with a good upbringing, he would never disrespect elders.
Governor Makinde also in a statement that was signed and issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Taiwo Adisa noted that he urged residents of the state to uphold unity and oneness.
He stated that “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our people to uphold unity. I remember I said during my electioneering campaign that my government would prioritize tackling hunger and poverty. Hunger and poverty don’t know Christians and Muslims. So, let us tell those who want to divide us with religion that they should steer clear and do the right thing,”.
The governor further said: “The reason I am here this afternoon is that I was not around when you celebrated your 92nd birthday last week. I was at Ondo State. So, today, I came with a full entourage of government functionaries to specially greet you, and I pray that you will live long by the grace of God.”
The governor maintained that contrary to insinuations by detractors 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.
“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 rancor between Kabiyesi and I. 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.