According to reports, some traditional rulers in Ogun State are about to be dethroned by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
In a statement issued on Friday, the governor disclosed that the Chieftaincy Review Committee he had earlier inaugurated has recommended a swift reversal of the hasty upgrade of some Baales by the previous administration.
The former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, towards the end of his administration, upgraded 75 local chiefs, known as Baales, to coronet Obas in the state. However, the new Governor-elect Abiodun, after his inauguration on May 29, formed a Chieftaincy Review Committee on June 17 to investigate what he described as an “unprecedented development in the traditional institution.”
The committee, headed by the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has berated the past administration for upgrading Baales to coronet Obas without the recommendation of their respective first class Obas.
He added that the prestigious traditional institution in the south west region has lost its respect due to political interference.
“It is absurd to see traditional rulers in political robes. As traditional rulers, they are to see all the people as their children, irrespective of political affiliations,” he said.