The Olubadan-in-Council on Wednesday endorsed the nomination of the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, as the next occupant of the throne of Olubadan.
The endorsement was done by 10 out of the 11 members of the council, as High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan and former Governor of Oyo State, and Iyalode of Ibadaland, Chief (Mrs.) Theresa Oyekanmi were absent during the press conference at which the endorsement was announced.
At the press conference, held at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, the Osi Balogun of Ibadan, debunked the insinuation in some quarters that there is a legal tussle on the succession to the Olubadan throne.
Ajibola also dispelled the insinuation relating to the health and willingness of the new Olubadan-designate, saying all the negative media reports are nothing to write home about.
“We have endorsed the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadaland.”
“This is the decision that was taken by ten out eleven Olubadan-in-Council and there is no going back on it, it is the tradition that we need to follow to the latter,” Ajibola said.
High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadan land, maintained that the Olubadan stool cannot be politicised,” stressing that the court case has nothing to do with who becomes the next Olubadan.
“Those people and others were promoted during the reign of late Olubadan with their crowns and there was not a problem, so there should not be a problem now when the next person to late Olubadan needs to be supported to emerge as Olubadan.
“Those people were duly promoted and their promotions were approved by the governor, so why are they now peddling rumours that are not relevant to the issue on the ground, after this conference, we will submit our resolutions to Governor Makinde,” Ajibade said.
In their separate remarks, the Oba Sulimon Akinsola Oladepo, the Alajia of Ajia of Ona-Ara local Government, Oba Dauda Omotosho Alawatan of Awatan of Ido Local Government, Oba Olasunkanmi Abioye the Oniroko of Iroko, Akinyele Local Government commend the Olubadan-in-Council for their peaceful selection of the next Olubadan.
In his speech, High Chief Balogun said as a bonafide indigene of Ibadanland, there is a natural need for him to join the people in commiserating with the family of the late Oba Saliu Adetunji on his sudden return home.
“By the way of duty, as the Prime Minister of the Olubadan-in-Council, we owe the people of Ibadanland and Oyo State in general the obligations to inform and update you all on the latest development at our Palace.
“I, therefore, 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,” Balogun said.
Chiefs present at the press conference included High Chief Abiodun Kola-Daisi, High Chief Eddy Oyewole, Senior Chief Adebayo Akande among others.