15th January, 2022
By David Adeoye
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Saturday held a closed-door meeting with the Osi Olubadan and ex-Governor Rashidi Ladoja, Lekan Balogun and other members of the Olubadan-in-Council.
The meeting was held to address the controversy trailing the nomination of the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The meeting summoned by the governor over the issue of the next Olubadan of Ibadan was held at the State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
Tongues had been wagging as to who would succeed the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Oba Adetunji joined his ancestors on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 93 years at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, during an illness.
Oba Adetunji died a few weeks after the Soun of Ogbomoso and Asigangan of Igangan joined their ancestors.
Oba Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, ascended the throne of his forefathers on March 4, 2016.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting presided over by the governor, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan, said that all matters causing crises over the Olubadan stool had been resolved.
“The governor has been magnanimous to have called this meeting because those of us that said we were not going to meet at all finally met and we have resolved all the matters.
“I can tell you that by next week there wouldn’t be any tension Ibadan again,” Ladoja said.
On the resolution of the meeting, the Osi Olubadan said the parties had resolved on how to settle the pending cases in court.
He said none of the council members argued that the Otun Olubadan, Sen. Lekan Balogun “is not the next Olubadan. All of us agreed on that one because that’s our hierarchy.
“I can tell you that Olubadan-in-Council is one and all is well; we are happy that the matter has been resolved and we are grateful to Gov. Seyi Makinde.
On when to expect the announcement of the next Olubadan, Ladoja said: “We have our procedure, now that everything has been resolved, the council will meet and present the candidate to the governor for assent.
“We thank all Ibadan indigenes and lovers of Ibadan for their concerned.”
Ten members of the Olubadan- in-Council, who attended the meeting were Chief Rashidi Ladoja (Osi Olubadan); Chief Tajudeen Ajibola (Osi Balogun); Chief Olufemi Olaifa (Otun Balogun); Chief Amidu Ajibade (Ekaarun Olubadan) and Chief Lateef Gbadamosi, the Ashipa Balogun Olubadan.