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Ladoja, other kingmakers resolve differences, endorse Lekan Balogun next Olubadan

The Olubadan-in-Council, made up of Ibadan High Chiefs and kingmakers, yesterday resolved controversies over who will succeed the late Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, who passed away on January 2.

According to the High Chiefs, they are unanimous in the selection of Senator Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan.

Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, while briefing reporters on behalf of the Council after a closed-door meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde, at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the perceived controversy surrounding ascension to the Olubadan Stool has been amicably resolved.

The Council also assures that the legal tussle hindering the pronouncement of the next Olubadan would also be sorted out by next week.

The meeting which held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan was attended by High Chiefs Lekan Balogun, Eddy Oyewole, Abiodun Kola Daisi, and Amidu Ajibade. Others are, High Chiefs Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin, Tajudeen Ajibola, Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Kolawole Adegbola, John Isidore and Dauda Agagagugu.

“I can tell you that by next week you will see that there is no tension in Ibadanland again. The resolution of the meeting is simple. The only thing that was holding it up was the objection by Barrister Lana on the court case and we have resolved on how we are going to go about it. That was the only thing that was in contention. None of us argued that the Otun Olubadan, Senator Balogun is not the next Olubadan, he is the next Olubadan. There is no controversy about that because that is our hierarchy,’ Ladoja said.

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