- The PDP on Tuesday, May 10, lost its only senator in Oyo to the waiting arms of the APC in the southwest state
- The federal lawmaker is Senator Kola Balogun, the younger brother of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun
- Balogun was said to have joined the APC after Governor Seyi Makinde gave the ticket of the PDP for the Oyo South Senatorial District to another person
Oyo - Senator Kola Balogun, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District at the Senate, on Tuesday, May 10, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Balogun, the younger brother of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, happens to be the only senator elected to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Punch gathered that he came to this decision after Governor Seyi Makinde allegedly handed over the PDP ticket for the district to Joseph Tegbe, who joined the ruling party in the state from the APC.
Senator Balogun was at the APC Secretariat in Ibadan on Tuesday with Senator Teslim Folarin, who is set to declare his governorship ambition in Oyo.
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Governor Makinde finally appoints new Olubadan of Ibadanland
Meanwhile, Makinde had approved the appointment of Senator Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The approval followed a recommendation to that effect by the Olubadan-in-Council communicated to the governor.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Makinde announced the appointment through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa.
He wished the newly confirmed Olubadan a peaceful and eventful reign.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
“The appointment is in line with the Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration, as well as the unique and time-tested tradition of our people.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Oyo State, I wish the newly confirmed Olubadan a successful reign blessed with peace and unprecedented progress.”