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LADOJA, OTHERS ABSENCE REPORTEDLY STALLS ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW OLUBADAN

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

The Olubadan-in-Council convened on Tuesday (today) to certify Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, as the new Olubadan.

Senator Rasidi Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo State, was absent from the meeting.

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Ladoja, is the current Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, having served as governor from 2003 to 2007.

The absence of Ladoja and other kingmakers is said to have hampered the election of a new Olubadan.

Osi Olubadan, Otun Balogun, Osi Balogun, Ashipa Balogun, Ekerin Balogun, and Iyalode, Seriki (vacant), Otun Balogun, Osi Balogun, Ashipa Balogun, and Ekerin Balogun were to be present at the meeting to verify the new Olubadan’s selection.

The Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin; Tajudeen Ajibola; Eddy Oyewole; Abiodun Kola-Daisi; and Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe were among those who attended the meeting.

Chief Oluyemisi Adeaga, President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, was also present at the meeting.

Journalists waiting for the conclusion of their meeting were shunned by the kingmakers.

Meanwhile, Adeaga, speaking on behalf of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, advised people not to speculate about the appearance of the next Olubadan in a press statement.

The statement stated in part, “This channel is also being utilized to ask for prudence and calm by all and sundry who have variously engaged in expressing diverse thoughts and opinions on the ascent of a successor to the currently vacant throne.” Many people have expressed their love for Ibadanland in many ways, which is greatly appreciated.

“However, the disputes and discussions have been proven to be both unnecessary preemptive with daily developing acidic contents, thereby fanning the fires of animosity and strife among the formerly loving members in the Society, in direct opposition to all parties involved’ good intentions.”

“We sincerely appeal to all members of the public that this avoidable negative trend should be stalled and we have therefore decided that henceforth, all sons and daughters of Ibadanland and our concerned friends should cease further comments, publications, and or arguments on the matter and leave the issue till Ibadanland would resolve its issue as it has always been done.

“Let us assure you all that the Olubadan in Council, the body vested with the authority to recommend the right candidate to ascend the throne will, at the appropriate time, act justly, while the Executive Governor of Oyo State, in whom the authority to approve the candidate so recommended for installation lies, will, as usual, be prompt and righteous in discharging his Executive Authorities.”

Last Wednesday, ten members of the Olubadan-in-Council unanimously agreed that Balogun would be the next Olubadan.

Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, the Otun-Balogun of Ibadanland, stated on Sunday that the choice of Balogun as the new Olubadan would be ratified at a meeting on Tuesday.

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