The successor to the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, has finally been revealed by the Olubadan-in-Council, a conclave of Ibadan High Chiefs, also known as kingmaker.
The Olubadan-in-Council on Saturday collectively agreed after their closed-door meeting with the Oyo state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde that Senator Lekan Balogun should be appointed as the next Olubadan.
Senator Balogun is to replace Oba Adetunji whose death happened on Sunday, on January 2, 2022.
Speaking after the meeting with state Governor at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, noted the perceived controversy surrounding ascension to the Olubadan Stool has been amicably resolved.
In a statement title “Olubadan-In-Council clears air on succession, says Senator Lekan Balogun is next Olubadan” by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Ladoja was quoted that the candidature of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland, has been generally accepted by the Ibadan High Chiefs and all differences resolved and all Chiefs are very united in the bid to install the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The Osi Olubadan further explained that Council members had met with Governor Makinde and agreed to the resolution that Senator Lekan Balogun who is next in line to the stool remained the authentic candidate for the Olubadan Stool.
He also promised that the Olubadan-in-Council would jointly make a public statement on their resolutions soonest.
“I can tell you that Ibadan is very lucky. All the matters causing the crisis in Ibadanland have been resolved. The governor has been magnanimous to have called this meeting because those of us who thought we won’t meet again have finally met and resolved all the matters. So, I can tell you that, by next week, you won’t notice any tension in Ibadan again.
“The resolution is simple and the only contention was the objection by Barrister Lana on the court case and it has been resolved. None of us argued that the Otun Olubadan, Senator Balogun, is not the next Olubadan. All of us have agreed on that position because that is our hierarchy.
“Before the resolution could be announced, we have our procedure. The Olubadan-in-Council will meet and we will present the candidate to the governor for assent.
“Now, we are very happy that we have resolved the problem and we are all grateful to the governor, he said”
In attendance of the meeting were the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin; Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rasidi Ladoja; Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Eddy Oyewole; Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Abiodun Kola Daisi; Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Amidu Ajibade; Otun Balogun, Chief Tajudeen Ajibola; Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ashipa Balogun, Chief Adewole Adegbola; and the Ekarun Balogun, Chief Dauda Azeez Agagugu.