Chief Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan, yesterday said , he and others promoted to Obas by the previous administration, will revert to their original positions of High Chiefs as instructed by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde
The Otun Olubadan, the next in line to become the new Olubadan, Said this in a chat with Vanguard.
Governor Makinde earlier directed that Ibadan traditional institution be reverted to its original concept to end the controversy trailing the selection of the new Olubadan after the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji.
According to Balogun,’’ We are okay by the governor’s directive. He is the one running the government. Whatever he wants is what we will do. He means well for the State, for Ibadan, and others. We will abide by his demand.
We will abide by what he said. It was the rule of his predecessor that got us to do what we ere doing and now that he is in charge and he wants us to revert, we will revert’’.
‘’Whatever he wants is what we will abide by. We lose nothing by doing that and that is the way it is’’.
There have been hues and cries on the controversy over who will be next to ascend the throne of Olibadan after the death of Oba Adetunji.
The Otun Olubadan and other High Chiefs ere elevated to beaded crown-wearing Obas by the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, but the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, the former governor of Oyo State, rejected the offer to become an Oba.
Following the demise of Oba Adetunji, a former Attorney-General in the State Mr. Michael Lana, in a petition to the governor, asked him to withhold approval for the Oyun Olubadan to ascend the throne of Olubadan arguing that the High Chiefs had been elevated to Obas.
However, the High Chiefs said their elevation could not stop any of them from ascending the throne when it is their turn because they remain High Chiefs despite their elevation