- The Olubadan-in-Council on Wednesday, January 5, made its choice on the next OluIbadan in Oyo
- 10 of the 11 members of the council chose Dr Lekan Balogun as the successor of late Saliu Adetunji
- The council has also dismissed viral claims that Balogun is presently dealing with some health issues
Of the 11 members of the Olubadan-in-Council, 10 have given their full support for the nomination of Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Added to this, the council on Wednesday, January 5, dismissed claims that a legal tussle could thwart the succession to the Olubadan throne, The Nation reports.
The council's position was made public by Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, during a briefing by the kingmakers on Wednesday.
According to Ajibola, the kingmakers agreed that by standing tradition, Balogun is next in line to ascend the throne of Olubadan
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He also denied rumours that Balogun at the moment is not in good health and as such unfit for the throne.
Olubadan of Ibadan succession: Ex-Oyo AG writes Makinde, says Lekan Balogun not qualified
Earlier, following the death of Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Lekan Balogun was the Otun Olubadan, next in line to be king.
However, in a letter dated Monday, January 3, and addressed to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Michael Lana, a former attorney-general of Oyo state said installing Balogun as king would amount to an aberration and illegality while noting that he was not fit to be crowned as the next Olubadan of Ibadan.
The lawyer said Balogun, some high chiefs and Baales were illegally conferred with their titles by Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of the state.
Lana maintained that any installation of any of them during the pendency of the existing suite is illegal, null, and void.
He advised the governor to withhold any approval of any High Chief to become the Olubadan so that he will not become a party to the desecration of Ibadan Chieftaincy Customary Law.