The Alaafin of Oyo and other kings of same status as at then had a similar kind of status to the Northern Kings (emirs). As well with limited powers and authority, the Yoruba Oba had no claim to being the sole controller of the native authority with no direct tax collection too. It was foreseen that this method will crash in a decentralized setting like Yoruba. But the British authority defied the warnings to impose it. The british set up was working against the traditional democratic system the people were used to before colonialisation. The new system excluded the educated elites from having says in the government. It was sure the system wont work. The imposition dint come without consequences though.