By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The reconciliatory move by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde received a boost yesterday as members of the Olubadan-in-Council paid the 91-year-old monarch birthday homage at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace.
At about 1.30pm yesterday, the high chiefs led by Otun Olubadan, Oloye Lekan Balogun, who came to pay birthday homage to Olubadan included Balogun Owolabi Olakulehin; Osi Balogun Tajudeen Ajibola; Asipa Olubadan Eddy Oyewole; Ekarun Olubadan Amidu Ajibade and Ekarun Balogun Kola Adegbola.
Decked in flowing gowns, beads and various caps to match, the high chiefs arrived the palace amid drum beats, songs and trumpet sound.
They joined the Iyalode of Ibadanland, High Chief Theresa Oyekanmi, Agbaakin Olubadan, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi, Chief Adeyemi Soladoye-led members of the CCII, several Mogajis and Baale from all the 11 Local Government Councils in Ibadanland to celebrate the joy of the day with Olubadan who clocked 91.
However, Osi Olubadan Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Asipa Balogun, Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, and Ekerin Olubadan, Biodun Kola-Daisi who were not in town sent apologies
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Ekarun Olubadan, Amidu Ajibade, congratulated the first class monarch on his 91st birthday anniversary, saying Olubadan had made history for himself, his family and Ibadanland.
He seized the opportunity to let Olubadan know that Ibadan is one under the leadership of Kabiyesi and they all are his high chiefs and are proud to be associated with him- Osi Olubadan.
The Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin, then led the Chiefs on Balogun line in the traditional knock on the door requested Kabiyesi to kindly approve the promotion of the chiefs in the Balogun line.
After consenting, he paid, on behalf of the chiefs, the mandatory sun of N200, 000 to Olubadan. They then resolved to begin to participate actively in the Olubadan-in-Council’s deliberations.
Olubadan thanked them profusely and invited them to the promotion exercise of chiefs in Iyalode line, which is expected to kick off on Friday 30 August, 2019, saying the Secretary of the Olubadan-in-Council would get back to them.