With the commencement of the National Conference, traditional rulers have been canvassing for constitutional roles in the scheme of things in the country, unlike in the past when they are confined their domains. Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, the Olubadan of Ibadanland advocated that a role should be assigned to them constitutionally. The Olubadan said, it is very important for them to be assigned some roles considering their achievements, background and wealth of experiences in their youthful ages before ascending the throne of their fore fathers. According to him, “there is a need for constitutional roles for the traditional rulers because some of us have reached the pinnacle of our careers”.
He further admonished the Yoruba delegates to the National Confab to protect the interest of the region and the country at large.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande, former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Olu Falae former Secretary to the Federal Government, General Alani Akinrinade, Rtd, Otunba Gani Adams, Leader of Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr. Mrs. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Osoba former of Governor of Ogun State were among dignitaries present at the occasion. Oba Odugade further urged his colleagues in the South West of the country to bury their differences and add their voices to the call. However, Ogun State has protested the non-inclusion of the Olu of Yewaland’s name that was removed in the delegates representing Ogun State as nominated by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State.