BREAKING: New Olubadan Of Ibadan Emerges
Members of the Olubadan-in-Council have endorsed the nomination of Dr Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland, Onyxnewsng gathered.
The development was disclosed by Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola during a briefing on Wednesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Ajibola told newsmen that the decision by the kingmakers to make Dr Balogun the new Olubadan was in accordance with the tradition.
The kingmakers said the administration of the late Abiola Ajimobi did not tamper with the Ibadan chieftaincy declaration of 1957 by elevating them from high chiefs to kings.
Speaking at the meeting, Balogun said: “I enjoin you all to discard with all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland, irrespective of the quarter from which such fake news emanate.
“In line with the traditional practice of Ibadanland when an occasion like this arises, the Olubadan-in-Council has been up and doing liaising with the Oyo state government to ensure that every necessary step to sustain the peace of the city is strictly followed.”
Following the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji, there has been controversy over who becomes the next Ibadan king.
Although Balogun is next in line as the most senior high chief, Michael Lana, the former attorney-general of Oyo, had written Seyi Makinde, the state governor, asking him not to recognise Balogun.
He had argued that since Balogun and other high chiefs in the council, except Rashidi Ladoja, had been crowned kings by the late Ajimobi, it is illegal to elevate any of them to the throne of Olubadan.
Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and former governor of Oyo state, was absent at the meeting of the high chiefs, Onyxnewsng learnt.
One of Ladoja’s aides said his principal did not attend the meeting because it was called by high chiefs elevated by Ajimobi.
“He could not have been at the meeting. Those who met are chiefs that were crowned by Ajimobi. Ladoja refused to be crowned so he is not one of them. That was not a meeting of the Olubadan-in-Council,” he said.