Ibadan - The Ibadan Progressives Union (IPU) has commended the humility and deference exhibited by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State in the efforts to resolve the Olubadan chieftaincy elevation controversy.
The union gave the commendation on Thursday in Ibadan during the group’s "Thank you visit" to the governor in his office.
The President of IPU, Johnson Adeniji, who led other members of the delegation, said that the elders were indebted to the governor for the honour done them.
He said that Ajimobi had proved to be a listening leader having heeded the call of the elders who had converged on the residence of Ambassador Olusola Saanu, the President, Ibadan Elders Forum, to resolve the crisis.
"Those who knew the tension that had enveloped the city during the disagreement, will appreciate the need to thank the governor for not allowing the matter to escalate beyond manageable proportion.
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"We consider the governor’s decision to approve the promotion of the high chiefs in spite of the valid issues raised as a mark of great honour and respect for the venerated stool of the Olubadan.
"As an elder, the governor is one of us and he has demonstrated this.
"It is a minor misunderstanding based on procedural error, but thank God we have resolved it amicably.
"The governor deserves our commendation for showing great understanding and large heartedness. Lessons have been learnt,’’ he said.
He described as a mark of honour, the approval given by the governor to the promotion of the high chiefs while the necessary paper works were being perfected.
Reacting to the visit, Ajimobi said that he was humbled by their openness in calling a spade a spade, saying the openness had played a major role in his decision.
The governor said that he was an apostle of peace and orderliness, adding that the intervention by the elders doused the tension, which he said would not have occurred in the first place if due process had been followed.