JUST IN: Olubadan Designate, Olakulehin to Appear Before Kingmakers Amid Insinuations About Health

JUST IN: Olubadan Designate, Olakulehin to Appear Before Kingmakers Amid Insinuations About Health

  • The next in the hierarchy to the Olubadan stool, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, is expected to meet the kingmakers for his nomination as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland
  • Legit.ng gathered that Oba Olakulehin who has not been seen in public since Oba Balogun joined his ancestors on March 15 2024, will finally appear before the kingmakers
  • Olubadan is the royal title of the monarch of Ibadanland in Nigeria's southwest geopolitical zone

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Ibadan, Oyo state - Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, the Olubadan-designate, is set to meet the Ibadan kingmakers on Friday, April 5.

As reported by The Punch, Olakulehin is currently at his private residence at No 1, Cassia street, Alalubosa government reserved area (GRA) in the Ibadan South West local government area (LGA) of Oyo state.

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Incoming Olubadan Owolabi Olakulehin is scheduled to meet kingmakers
Owolabi Olakulehin is the Olubadan designate. Photo credits: @Olaibi_RN, @gbot_man
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This was reportedly disclosed by a family source.

According to him, Olakulehin will make his first public appearance any moment from now and will attend the next meeting of the Council of Obas in Ibadanland.

Vanguard newspaper also noted the development.

He said:

"Kabiyesi is at his house in Alalubosa as we speak. He will have a series of meetings today with the kingmakers and others."

Legit.ng reports that Oba Olakulehin has not made a public appearance since the death of the late 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun who reigned for two years, and that has prompted insinuations about the 84-year-old's health.

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Commenting on the issue surrounding the Olubadan stool, a member of the Federation of Ibadan Students Union (FIBSU), Kayode Yussuf Sadiq, said the Olubadan-designate might still not physically fit to rule at the moment. Nonetheless, Sadiq looks forward to seeing him officially ascend the throne.

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He told Legit.ng:

"Baba Olakuleyin is older than the last Olubadan, so there's a probability he is already having the aged sickness.
"Truly, he (Oba Olakuleyin) has not been seen in public space for a while now. In fact, what is known is that the usual celebration and countless greetings that do happen at the home of the Olubadan-designate days after one is gone have not happened. All the same, we wish him a peaceful reign."

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In a tweet, the lawmaker responded to the claim by former presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi, who tipped the former governor as the next in line to become the Olubadan because of the existing tradition in one of the largest cities.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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