15th October, 2010
Decorum was thrown to the dogs yesteday at the public presentation of the BiographyÂ of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan,Â the Oyo State capital, when aides of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala disrupted theÂ event.
The aides comprising serving commissioners and local government Chairmen launchedÂ verbal attacks on former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, the SenateÂ Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and the immediate past governor of the state, SenatorÂ Rashidi Ladoja.
The confusion started midway into the public presentation of the Biography of one ofÂ the foremost Yoruba Traditional rulers, the Olubadan of Ibadan, when Senator Tinubu,Â the chief book launcher who arrived in an helicopter was reading his address.
Tinubu apparently incurred the anger ofÂ Governor Akalaâ€™s supporters while praisingÂ theÂ Olubadan for checkmating the excesses of some politicians in Ibadanland. â€œWhenÂ Kabiyesi mounted the throne in 2007, Ibadan, the political capital of the Yoruba wasÂ in the throes of conservative political forces,â€ Tinubu said.
Tinubu further declared: â€œTo the best of his knowledge, the Olubadan is not aÂ partisan politician. But he came to the throne when reactionary politics wasÂ threatening the moral fibre of our society and where Yorubaland was becoming theÂ political land of anything goesâ€™â€™.
Tinubu, while praising the boldness of the Olubadan, emphasised that â€œwhen mostÂ people in the land were playing safe, anxious and fearful not to offend the powersÂ that be, the Olubadan launched a full scale campaign on such vile politicking, andÂ why it dirtied the traditional institution.â€
But, angered by the remarks by Tinubu, as well as the loud ovation that greeted hisÂ comments, serving commissioners and local government chairmen in all the elevenÂ councils in Ibadan as well as other political office holders under Governor Akalaâ€™sÂ administration sensed that Tinubu was indirectly attacking their boss and startedÂ chanting praises of Governor Akal a as well as singing abusive songs against Tinubu.
Without wasting much time,Â the political office holders led by a local governmentÂ chairman in Ibadan threw decorum to the wind by moving towards Tinubu and asking himÂ to keep his mouth shut and leave the venue of the book presentation.
It was at this juncture that the few supporters of Tinubu launched a counter attack.
Efforts by the former governor to continue with his prepared speech was resisted byÂ Governor Akalaâ€™s supporters who shouted Tinubu down.
With the rowdy situation, Tinubu was forced to end his address abruptly after whichÂ he quickly departed the venue amidst tight security as Akalaâ€™s supporters trailedÂ him and his entourage while they wereÂ leaving the stadium.
Few minutes after Tinubu departed, the Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, theÂ immediate past governor of the state Senator Rashidi Ladoja and former SpecialÂ Duties Minister, Elder Wole Oyelese also moved out of the venue with GovernorÂ Akalaâ€™s supporters immediately shifting their attention on them.
The departure of Senators Folarin, Ladoja and Tinubu nearly marred the programme asÂ the majority of invited guests including traditional rulers sneaked out of theÂ stadium to avert possible embarrassment.
In his speech read after the departure of Tinubu and other guests, Governor AdebayoÂ Alao-Akala said his government is at peace with all traditional rulers in the state.
Akala who kept mute over the behaviour of his supporters declared that hisÂ administration had cautioned traditional rulers in the state especially the OlubadanÂ â€œto be mindful of politicians, especially those who use the hallowed palaces of ourÂ fathers as a guise to create the impression that their actions are supported by ourÂ kabiyesis,â€ adding, â€œthis is an abuse.â€