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Why Alafin, Olubadan were not allowed to enter Adamasingba Stadium– Oyo govt

The Oyo State government on Thursday explained why the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, were prevented from gaining entry to the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan.

The government explained its reason via a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde.

The two monarchs left the venue of the commissioning of the remodeled stadium in anger after they were stopped from gaining entry.

Director of Press to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaiye, confirmed that the monarch was prevented from gaining entry to the stadium.

Deputy director of media and publicity to the Olubadan, Yanju Adegboyega, confirmed the development.

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Adisa said that the two foremost royal fathers were too important to the state government to be prevented from attending the event, to which they had been duly invited.

He claimed that the inability of the monarchs to gain access into the main bowl was because of the huge enthusiastic crowd that swarmed the stadium.

He insisted that this obstructed the movement of the monarchs’ convoys to the designated VVIP Drop Off zone.

“What happened was that security operatives advised that the drivers of the revered monarchs make their way through another gate, since their convoys were unable to access the VVIP Drop Off Zone from the gate they entered through.

“From the VVIP Drop Off Zone, it would be easy for the monarchs to access the VVIP box without meandering through the stairs, as that would have unduly stressed them given their age,” he said.

“His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde wishes to categorically state that the Alaafin and the Olubadan were well-expected at the event and that their seats were reserved.”


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