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June 13, 2024

Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin inspects new palace

Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin inspects new palace

By Adesola Badru

The Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, on Thursday, inspected the newly built ultra-modern Olubadan Palace, five days after the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, demanded his health fitness.

The development came after Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, declared last week that the 43rd Olubadan-designate would be installed as the next Olubadan once he is strong enough for the accession processes.

However, This statement generated controversy among notable Ibadan indigenes, at home and abroad.

The governor who, confirmed that the state Government had received the recommendation of Oba Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan by the Olubadan-In-Council, noted that due process had been followed in the selection process.

Oba Olakulehin, while giving the vote of thanks, said, “I am highly delighted to be among the living to inspect this project. So, we have to thank God. Ibadan people need to appreciate God for this.”

He was conducted around the new palace by the President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Ajeniyi Ajewole, and other notable Ibadan indigenes.

In a bid to dispel rumours about the health and fitness of the newly appointed Olubadan-designate, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) deemed it necessary to conduct a health check on the new monarch.

Speaking to journalists, the President-General of the CCII, Chief Ajeniyi Ajewole, affirmed that “the visit to the new palace was not just a formality, but a necessary measure to ascertain the medical fitness of the new Olubadan-designate.

“Given the magnitude of the Olubadan’s role in Ibadan society and the importance of his position to the well-being of the people, it is essential that he be in good health to carry out his duties effectively,” Chief Ajewole added.

According to the CCII President-General, the visit to the palace also served as an opportunity to congratulate the new monarch on his appointment and to express the council’s support for him.