Senator Lekan Balogun has gotten the support of Olubadan in Council, to emerge as the successor to the late Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, who died January 2.
The former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, who happens to be the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, disclosed that the controversy surrounding the ascension to the Olubadan Stool has been amicably resolved.
Ladoja addressed newsmen on behalf of the council after a closed-door meeting with the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
The former Governor further explained that Council members had met with Governor Makinde and agreed that Balogun remains the authentic candidate for the Olubadan Stool.
He said, “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.”
The meeting had in attendance 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.
Others are 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.