By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

The growing resentment against the nomination of Mr. Tokunbo Ajasin as a member to represent Ondo state on the board of the Niger Delta Development  Commission (NDDC) has again met with stiff resistance from the traditional rulers in the oil producing parts of the State.

The royal fathers insisted that it is the turn of the state to produce the commission’s managing director and would not settle for anything less.

They stated their position in a statement by the Olu of Igbokoda, Oba Odidiomo Afolabi Oladimeji, the Alagbo of Odo- Nla, Oba Elias Ikuomola and the Olubo of Obe-Nla, Oba Andrew Ikuesan and made available to reporters in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
The monarchs said the appointment of Ajasin into the board of the commission was a violation of the NDDC Act as the nominee is not from the oil producing part of the state.

The traditional rulers subsequently appealed to the senate not to screen the appointee, pointing out that doing so would “amount to robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

The statement read in part, “We want to say that our people at an emergency meeting rejected vehemently the choice of Mr Olatokunbo Ayotunde Ajasin.

“The law establishing the NDDC talked about oil producing areas and clearly states that the appointment of the board members shall be made from the oil producing areas and not from the state.”