Ibadan elders meet Ladoja to avert looming crisis over Olubadan vacant stool 

In order to prevent impending crisis that may arise from filling the vacant position of Olubadan of Ibadanland, eminent indigenes of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital have met with former governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja over the crisis between him (Ladoja) and some High Chiefs who have been promoted to the status of Obas in the ancient city.

Ladoja who is the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and other High Chiefs who are now Obas are currently at loggerheads over Olubadan stool.

The position of Olubadan of Ibadanland became vacant as a result of the passage of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Mahood Olalekan Balogun who passed away at the age of 81.

It was learnt that the next Olubadan of Ibadanland according to the traditional arrangement is Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin.

According to the Ibadan chieftaincy arrangement, for Olakulehin to become Olubadan, he must be nominated by the next person to him in his line at a meeting convened by the most senior chief in the other line, who Otun Balogun, Tajudeen Ajibola at the meeting convened by the Otun Olubadan, Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.

The nomination and confirmation of the next Olubadan is to be done 21 days of the passage of the last occupant but some meetings are to be held before the official ratification.

Ladoja made an attempt to call a meeting so as to begin the process for the coronation of Olakulehin but the meeting was shunned by other High Chiefs who claimed that are now Obas.

The High Chiefs who shunned the meeting on Tuesday, 26th March, 2024 at Olubadan palace in Oja Oba Ibadan included the Osi Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole Foko; the Ashipa Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; the Ekerin Olubadan, Hamidu Ajibade; the Ekarun Olubadan, Adebayo Akande; the Otun Balogun, Tajudeen Ajibola; the Osi Balogun, Lateef Adebimpe; the Ashipa Balogun, Kola Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, Dada Isioye and the Ekarun Balogun, Abiodun Azeez.

The absence of the High Chiefs at the meeting which is to be chaired by Ladoja is now a source of tension in Ibadan.

However, it was authoritatively gathered that some prominent indigenes of Ibadan on Wednesday met Ladoja and appealed to him so that the looming crisis can be averted.

A source close to the former governor disclosed on Thursday that the meeting was held at the residence of a former President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) Chief Bode Amao on Wednesday.

He added that the meeting was attended by Primate Emeritus of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Primate Sunday Ola Makinde, some registered Mogajis (family heads) and other prominent indigenes of Ibadan.

“Some elders in Ibadan have met the former governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja on Wednesday. The meeting was held to prevent the looming crisis.

“The meeting was held at the residence of Chief Bode Amao. It was attended by Primate Ola Makinde. We also have some other elders in Ibadan at the meeting.

“It was Primate Ola Makinde that initiated the meeting and it was agreed that the meeting should be held at the residence of Chief Bode Amao because of his age. 

Some registered Mogajis (family heads) also attended the meeting. It was held at Bode Amao’s residence in Iwo Road on Wednesday”.

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