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Former governor of Oyo state and the Osi Olubadan, Rashidi Ladoja was absent as the Olubadan-in-council announced Chief Lekan Balogun as Olubadan-designate.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the Otun Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday at Mapo Hall, in Ibadan, the state capital following his endorsement by 10 kingmakers.
According to Ajibola, the kingmakers resolved that Dr Balogun is next in line to ascend the throne of Olubadan according to the tradition.
He also debunks insinuations relating to the health and wellness of the new Olubadan-designate.
The Ibadan kingmakers are 11.
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.
Delivering his speech at the event, Senator Balogun enjoined all and sundry to discard “unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland.”
Balogun said the Olubadan-in-council was complying with traditional practice of Ibadan and was liaising with the Oyo State government to ensure that due processes are strictly followed towards emergence of the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.