Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has assured President Muhammadu Buhari he will continue to respect the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Ajimobi told State House Correspondents on Tuesday that he also gave the assurance that he would not depose the Olubadan, when he visited the president in Abuja on Tuesday.
Both men have been feuding since the governor allowed the amendment of the 1959 Declaration of Olubadan and other related chieftaincies in Ibadan and subsequently installed 21 new kings in Ibadan.
The Olubadan has since sued the governor on the grounds that the crowning of the kings was illegal.
Despite the discord, the governor told journalists the he informed Buhari he and the Olubadan had a father-son relationship.
“I came to let him (President Buhari) know that, first and foremost, Olubadan is my father and we’ve had a very long relationship, which is like father-son relationship. And I assured him that, come rain come shine, I will never remove Olubadan because he is a father.
“A son doesn’t depose his father; even though he has done many things that could be used to remove him, I will never; you have to continue to show respect to your father,”he said.
Governor Ajimobi, however, expects “reason to prevail” following the intervention of elders and well-meaning Nigerians.