Amid Tension, Kingmakers Announces Olubadan-elect

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Olubadan-in-Council, has 11 members, and of this 11 members,  10 of them have given their full support for the nomination of Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.

Added to this, the council on Wednesday, January 5, dismissed claims that a legal tussle could thwart the succession to the Olubadan throne, The Nation reports.

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The council’s position was made public by Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, during a briefing by the kingmakers on Wednesday.

According to Ajibola, the kingmakers agreed that by standing tradition, Balogun is next in line to ascend the throne of Olubadan

He also denied rumours that Balogun at the moment is not in good health and as such unfit for the throne.

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Earlier, following the passing on of Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Lekan Balogun was the Otun Olubadan, next in line to be king.

However, in a letter dated Monday, January 3, and addressed to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Michael Lana, a former attorney-general of Oyo state said installing Balogun as king would amount to an aberration and illegality while noting that he was not fit to be crowned as the next Olubadan of Ibadan.

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The lawyer said Balogun, some high chiefs and Baales were illegally conferred with their titles by Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of the state.

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