Peace Reigns Over Selection of New Olubadan as Kingmakers,Govt. Forge Ahead To Choose Lekan Balogun


The Ibadan Kingmakers and Oyo state government might have resolved the crisis that emanated on who becomes the next Olubadan.


Chief Ladoja

The Olubadan in council on Saturday had a meeting at the government house in Ibadan where the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja attended for the first time since the inception of the royal crisis.

Senator Ladoja and other prominent Ibadan Chiefs in the presence of the state governor Mr Seyi Makinde agreed that all contending issues generating crisis over the energence of new monarch in the town had been settled.


Governor Seyi Makinde


The Chiefs disclosed that the Kingmakers would meet next week and present the Olubadan-elect to the governor for necessary preparation,addded no contention over the choice of the Otun Olubadan,High Chief Lekan Balogun to emerge as the new Monarch.

The meeting held with the governor was attended by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja; Ashipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Abiodun Kola Daisi.

Others are Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade; Balogun, High Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin; Otun Balogun, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola; Osi Balogun, High Chief Lateef Adebimpe; Ashipa Balogun High Chief Kolawole Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, High Chief Bunmi Isioye; Ekarun Balogun, High Chief Dauda Azeez.

Ladoja while speaking with newsmen said: “Ibadan is very lucky. The meeting was held in an atmosphere of conviviality. All the matters that were causing a crisis in Ibadan land have been resolved.

“The governor was very magnanimous to have held this meeting because those of us who said we were not going to meet at all finally met and we resolved all the matters.

“I can tell that by next week, you will see that there is no tension in Ibadan again.

“None of us argued that the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun, is not the next Olubadan. He is the next Olubadan. All of us agreed on that because that is our hierarchy. Council is one and all is well.

“We have our procedure. Now that everything has been cleared, the kingmakers will meet, and then we will present the candidate to the governor for assent.”

Ladoja who added that the council had resolved on how to sort out the court case on consent judgement said, “The resolution was simple, the only thing that was holding it up was the objection by Barrister Lana on the court case and we have resolved how we are going to sort it out. That was the only thing that was in contention.

“It is lawyers that will go to court to withdraw the case. We will brief the lawyers. By next week, we will make all necessary moves regarding the case in court.”

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