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May 3, 2024

Olubadan’s nomination: We’re waiting for Ladoja’s withdrawal of case from court — kingmakers

Ladoja

Ladoja

By Laolu Elijah, Ibadan

Members of Olubadan in Council have said the only thing delaying the installation of the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland is the withdrawal of the case instituted by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja. 

Oba Lateef Adebimpe, Osi Balogun, who spoke after a meeting in Ibadan said, “The nomination letter is with the state government, what is left now is for High Chief Ladoja to withdraw the pending case in court in order to facilitate the installation of the new Olubadan”.

 

Those present at the meeting included Oba Adebimpe, Asipa Olubadan, Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi; Asipa Balogun, Oba Kola Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, Oba John Isioye-Dada; and Ekaarun Olubadan, Oba Adebayo Akande. 

Oba Adebimpe continued, “We have gone through it and discovered that the terms of settlement have been met, which is strict compliance with the 1957 chieftaincy declaration.” 

”We realised that our actions and deeds must be in accordance with the 1957 chieftaincy declaration. That is why we honoured his (Ladoja) invitation for a meeting for the nomination of Oba Owolabi Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan land.” 

Talking about the initial botched meeting which High Chief Ladoja summoned, he noted ,“He had called a similar meeting that we all refused to attend, but we were later made to understand that we had acted contrary to the provision of the 1957 chieftancy declaration.” 

“Our attendance at the meeting showed that we are complying with the declaration.The nomination letter is with the state government, what is left now is for High Chief Ladoja to withdraw the pending case in court in order to facilitate the installation of the new Olubadan.

 

The Asipa Olubadan, Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, said in his own comments, “We had similar problem before the installation of the immediate past Kabiyesi, late Oba Lekan Balogun. We instituted a court case against the government. 

“Because of this, the governor insisted that he would not approve the installation of the new monarch.”