By Adeola Oladele in Ibadan
The clamour by the leader of Seriki line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, to be the next Olubadan was on Thursday countered by the Olubadan-In-Council, insisting that the Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Saliu Adetunji, would be the next Olubadan.
This came up during a meeting attended by Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Saliu Adetunji; the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; Otun Balogun, Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Ashipa Olubadan, Chief Eddy Oyewole; Osi Balogun, Chief Olufemi Olaifa and Ashipa Balogun, Chief Abimbola Ajibola.
The Ashipa Balogun, Chief Ajibola, who addressed journalists shortly after the meeting, said it is undisputed that Adetunji is
the authentic Olubadan-in-waiting.
He went further to say that: ”Any other one is a counterfeit. In this institution, we have lines. There are only two lines recognised so far, both by law and otherwise. They are the Otun Olubadan line and the Balogun line. There is no third line.
“Nobody is competent to say he can be Olubadan. He cannot appoint himself. He cannot put himself there. We are not aware
of any judgment that he is claiming because there is no Seriki or whatever. The 1959 Declaration Law says: Seriki, if there are two vacancies in one line, should come there. No other judgment can overrule the law; that is the law. They have no Seriki now.”
He noted that the only recognised Seriki then was late Adisa Akinloye, adding that since he died long time ago, no one has filled his position.
Chief Ajibola wondered that: “How can they say they want to be Olubadan. Who is going to sign for them?
“In the succession system, we have two lines – the Otun line and Balogun line. All the members of the council
will not sign for whoever they (Seriki line) propose. Who is going to sign for them?.
“The governor will not even listen to them. Whoever we present to be Olubadan as kingmakers, the governor is going to follow.
“Are they going to sign for themselves? They are not part of our meeting. We have never had any meeting with them. They have not been promoted,” he disclosed.