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BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Lekan Balogun Kingmakers Announced As Olubadan.

Dr. Lekan Balogun.

Ten of the 11 members of the Olubadan-in-Council have endorsed the nomination of Dr Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The Council has also denied that a legal tussle could scupper the succession to the Olubadan throne, as the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, stated duting a briefing by the kingmakers on Wednesday.

According to Ajibola, the kingmakers resolved that Dr. Lekan Balogun is next in line to ascend the throne of Olubadan according to tradition, and used the opportunity to debunk insinuations relating to the health and wellness of the new Olubadan-elect.

He said that all the negative media reports were nothing to worry about.

The meeting is being attended by members of the Olubadan-in-Council, except former governor Rashidi Ladoja.

Other High Chiefs in attendance are Balogun Olubadan, Owolabi Olakulehin; Otun Balogun, Olufemi Olaifa; Ashipa Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole and Osi Balogun, Tajudeen Ajibola.

The others are Ekaarun Olubadan, Amidu Ajibade; Ashila Balogun Olubadan, Lateef Gbadamosi, Ekaarun Balogun, Kola Adegbola and Ekerin Olubadan Abiodun Kola-Daisi.

The new Olubadan-elect is expected to address the press at the meeting.

Lekan Balogun was one of the chiefs conferred with beaded crowns then and Lana in his letter to Makinde, asserted that the Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957, which has not been set aside, forbade the elevation of an Oba to the position of Olubadan.

The lawyer therefore advised that the governor should withhold his approval of any of the High Chiefs or Baales as Olubadan to avoid involvement in the desecration of Ibadan Customary Chieftaincy Law.

He also that the suits instituted by the coronet chiefs and Oba is still pending at the Court of Appeal.


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