Scores of merchants beneath the umbrella of Coalition of Market Teams of Oyo State, on Tuesday, protested towards the set up of Babaloja of Oyo State by the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.
DAILY POST gathered that the Olubadan had final month, put in Chief Yekini Abass because the Babaloja of Oyo state.
However, the merchants, who stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Secretariat in Ibadan to register their displeasure over what they termed as imposition, famous that the set up of Babaloja just isn’t the obligation of the Olubadan to pick or appoint Babaloja in Oyo state.
The 5 commerce unions beneath the coalition, has the Oyo State Market Males and Girls led by its chairman, Alhaji Dauda Abiodun Oladepo, Ibadan Joint Merchants Affiliation led by Chief Odunade Kayode Danjuma, Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Merchants led by Alhaji Kamorudeen Salaudeen, Progressive Commerce Males and Antisans led by Chief Tewogbade Tobalase and Affiliation of Involved Normal Merchants.
Others on the rally included the Iyaloja- Normal of Oyo state, Alhaja Wuraola Atanda-Daisi, Southwest Coordinator of Nationwide Merchants Affiliation of Nigeria, Chief Odunade Kayode-Danjuma, and her secretary, Chief Abiodun Adegoke.
Oladepo, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, defined that Olubadan had promised to not intrude within the inner affairs of the merchants.
He famous that the unions had been stunned to find that he’s now imposing Babaloja common of the state on the folks moderately than sustaining his stand on the stated subject.
“We appreciated the governor for permitting us to work through the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. When you see the completely different unions current right here immediately, you will note that we’re the true genuine Merchants. On this subject of Babaloja of the state, we are able to’t settle for any imposition. Our personal Babaloja is Alhaji Jimoh Akinremi.
“Appointing Babaloja Normal of the state has a course of which should be duly adopted. All of the entrepreneurs within the state have began the method by visiting the home of chiefs, secretariat Ibadan earlier than we heard somebody has been put in.
“We’re speaking about Babaloja of Oyo state and never Ibadan land. If the federal government ratifies the imposed Babaloja, we’re going to make sure that all zones have their Babaloja Normal.”