By Richard Thomas and Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola and members of the Olubadan-In-Council have again stated that the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba (Senator) Lekan Balogun will occupy the stool of the Olubadan, according to the traditional practice of Ibadan land.
The development came up at a press conference held at Mapo hall, in Ibadan where members of the Olubadan-In-Council declared their support for High Chief Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadan land.
According to him, High Chief Lekan Balogun is the next to occupy the stool according to the traditional practice of Ibadan land, urging the people to ignore some rumours and insinuations flying around over the development.
He called for the cooperation of the people of the city in order not to allow the issue snowball into another crises.
In his speech at the meeting High Chief Balogun urged the people of Ibadan to discard and shun all unfounded rumours and insinuations revolving around the Olubadan stool capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadan.
He said in line with the traditional practice of Ibadan land at any occasion like this, the Olubadan- In-Council has been up and doing, liaising with the state government to ensure that every necessary steps are taken to sustain and ensure that the peace of the city is strictly followed.
The Otun Olubadan used the occasion to commiserate with the people of Ibadan land and the family of the late Monarch, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1.
He described Oba Adetunji as peace-loving and a custodian of culture and tradition who held strictly to the principles of excellent leadership.
“My heartfelt condolence message also extends to the entire Royal Dignitaries of the Olubadan-In-Council as well as the members of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) on the sudden demise of the late Kabiyesi and I pray that the Almighty Allah give you all the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
He also used the occasion to commiserate with Governor Seyi Makinde and members of his cabinet who had been privileged to interact and intimately relate with the late monarch to sustain the peace and development of the state.
Members of the Olubadan-In-Council in attendance included Abese Olubadan, High Chief Adebayo Akande, Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekaarun Olubadan, Oba Abiodun- Kola Daisi, Ekerin Olubadan, Oba Eddy Oyewole Asipa Olubadan, Oba Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin (Balogun), High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, Otun Balogun, Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Osi Balogun, and Oba Kola Adegbola, Asipa Balogun.
Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Senator Rashidi Ladoja was absent at the meeting.