The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, has emerged the next Olubadan of Ibadanland on Saturday.
Chief Balogun was cleared to succeed to the late Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, who died at 93 years old on January 2 by the Olubadan-in-Council.
According to The PUNCH, the Ibadan High Chiefs have resolved their differences and are very united in the bid to install the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The development was confirmed by a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, titled, “Olubadan-In-Council clears air on succession, says Senator Lekan Balogun is next Olubadan”.
He said, “I can tell you that Ibadan is very lucky. All the matters causing 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 Osi Olubadan further explained that Council members had met with Governor Makinde and resolved that Senator Lekan Balogun who is next in line to the stool remained the authentic candidate for the Olubadan Stool.