BREAKING: Olubadan-Designate Can't Be Crowned, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Olubadan-Designate Can't Be Crowned, Details Emerge

  • The Olubadan-designate Ona Owolabi Olakulehin has been said not to be physically feat to take over the traditional stool
  • Abimbola Ajibola, the Otun-Balogun of Olubadan of Ibadan, disclosed the development in a statement while speaking to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital
  • Olakunlehin was expected to have taken over the traditional stool soon after he was announced, but a recent revelation showed he was not medically feat

The Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin is ill and not physically fit to rule as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The Otun-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Abimbola Ajibola, stated this on Tuesday.

The Olubadan designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, has been said to be seriously ill, which was why he cannot be crowned at the moment.
Details emerge on why the Olubadan-designate can't be king Photo Credit: Rashidi Ladoja, Olubadan of Ibadan
Source: Twitter

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The Nation reported that the Olubadan stool became vacant after the demise of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, who reigned for two years and died at 81.

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Olakulehin would rank among the oldest monarchs to ascend to the position.

Ajibola, who made this known in a briefing at his Sanyo private residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said the Olubadan-designate be given time to get well before he is pronounced.

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He said:

“What is in need of hurry? Someone (Olakulehin) we have not seen. He has not spoken with us. He has not spoken with the Ibadan people.
“I am his second in command. I’m his lieutenant. He has not called me to say, ‘My Otun, I’m back. So, tell your people. And when are you seeing me?’ They are just forcing him because of their own selfish interest.”

Olakulehin became the Olubadan-designate following the death of Oba Lekan Balogun in March 2024. The former monarch died at the University College Hospital (UCH) after a short illness. He was buried according to Islamic rites at his residence in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.


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