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Rashidi Ladoja Endorses Lekan Balogun as Next Olubadan after Meeting with Gov. Makinde

Former Governor Rashidi Ladoja has announced that the controversy surrounding the installation of the next Olubadan of Ibadan has been resolved. The former senator and Ibadan High Chief said former Senator Lekan Balogun has been agreed to be the new paramount ruler of Ibadanland. Ladoja, who is the Osi Olubadan, said Balogun who is the Otun Olubadan will be presented to Ibadan people as the king awaiting installation.

Ladoja made this announcement following a closed-door meeting held by the Olubadan-in-Council with Gov. Seyi Makinde in Agodi Government House.

He said a number of resolutions were reached before the controversy could finally be put to rest. He revealed that all the Ibadan High Chiefs and members of the Olubadan-in-Council who were elevated to become kings by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi have agreed to surrender their crowns and revert High Chiefs.

The Osi Olubadan also disclosed that the rancour with Barrister Lana over the pending court case in regard to the kingship has been resolved.

“I can tell you that Ibadan is very lucky,” Ladoja told newsmen after the meeting. “All the matters causing 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 former Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Oguguniso I, died on January 2 at the age of 93. The Olubadan-in-Council which comprised of 11 kingmakers met severally to deliberate on who would ascend the ancient throne next and ultimately chose Lekan Balogun. But Ladoja and the Iyalode of Ibadanland, Chief Theresa Oyekanmi, were absent from the meetings. The duo obviously disagreed with the choice of Balogun, but the matter is now resolved following the intervention of Gov. Makinde.

Makinde had promised that the Olubadan crisis will be resolved by reverting to the original concept upon which Ibadan kings were chosen. He said Ibadan people will never have to contest the kingship again after this time and that he will follow through with the principles of late King Saliu Adetunji.

“So, let me state it clearly that Ibadan traditional institution must revert to its original concept,” Makinde stated. “This must be the last time there will be controversy on who succeeds the Olubadan of Ibadanland. As a government, I am giving assurance to indigenes and lovers of Ibadan that what Baba stood for is what I will carry through. We must do what is right to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution of Ibadan land.”

Ibadan kingmakers who were present at the meeting with the governor were Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Rashidi Ladoja; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin; 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.