The embattled President of Ibadan Joint Traders Association, Alhaji Dauda Oladepo has denied that he disrespected the sacred throne of Olubadan of Ibadan on his role over the lingering leadership crisis among the Ibadan Joint Traders Association.
The statement reads, “all allegations levelled against me are baseless, for I never for once been involved in any act of disrespecting the throne of my ancestors. I’m an indigene of Ibadanland, and my regards for His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the Ajeogunguniso 1 and the Oloris as well as the Olubadan-in-Council knows no bounds.
“I have also explained this time without number that I never instituted any legal action against Olubadan. The documents on the case in court is readily available for our elders and leaders to peruse. This will help to expose the evil genius behind the crisis rocking traders associations in Oyo State.
“Let me also include that I have never been accused nor involved in financial malpractices by the association. Besides, I am not the Financial Secretary nor Treasurer of the association, hence I have nothing doing with finances of the association. Inaddition, there’s no decision made without the knowledge and approval of all members, we follow due process always in all our activities.
“Lastly, I didn’t singlehandedly norminate Alhaji Sumailia Aderemi Jimoh as Babaloja-General of Oyo State, but the Coalition of Groups of Traders in Oyo State did, of which I remain a bonafide member. Persecuting me for this is a mere waste of time and unnecessary. I thank our highly respected and regarded High Chief of Ibadanland, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, for being objective and thorough in defending the throne of Olubadan as well as the rights of the voiceless in the society,” Alhaji Dauda Oladepo eulogised.