The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), an umbrella body of all Ibadan indigenes Thursday disagreed with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on the possibility of creating additional states from the present 36 states in the federation.
The Deputy Senate President at a function recently had doubted the possibility of additional states due to the non-viability of the existing ones.
However, the spokesman, Prince Oluwayemisi Adeaga, who spoke with journalists, ahead of Ibadan week festival celebrations, stated Ekweremadu’s position would not stop their agitation for Ibadan State which he said was long overdue.
He said: “If you want something in life, you go all out for it especially when you know there is possibility you will get your desire met.”
He said they would continue to clamour for it.
Also, the council hinted that it had shifted all its activities as a mark of honour for the departed former Governor of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, who died on Sunday.
The council also stated that about N30 million had been expended on the festival.
Explaining further on the festival, the council noted that markets in the city would not open.
While, underscoring the importance of the festival, he said at a point, the predominance of Muslim and Christian religions in Ibadan land challenged the ideals of celebrating the culture and tradition of the great men whose vision had resulted into their enviable heritage, but they rose up to the challenges of preserving those traditions.
He added that the festival was aimed at celebrating the rich culture, tradition and past glory of their forefathers and provision of a forum for Ibadan people to take unifying positions on burning national and mutual issues on annual basis.
These CCII efforts, he stressed, had generated sufficient awareness in all Ibadan sons and daughters sufficiently that close to a million people attend the festival events annually.
According to him, the former Publisher of Punch Newspapers and the late fuji king, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, would be given posthumous awards.