- On Sunday January 2nd, Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, died in the University College Hospital in Ibadan
- The monarch, the The heir to the throne in March 2016, the late Adetunji was buried according to Islamic rites
- Recently, a former attorney general of the state wrote to Governor Seyi Makinde, insisting that he be next in line being king is not fit for the throne
Oyo State, Ibadan – After the death of Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Lekan Balogun is currently the Otun Olubadan, the next king.
In a letter dated Monday 3rd January to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Michael Lana, a former Oyo state attorney general, said installing Balogun as king would amount to aberration and illegality while finding him is not likely to be crowned the next Olubadan of Ibadan, reports The Cable.
The lawyer told Balogun, some high chiefs and Baales were given their titles by Abiola Ajimobi, who former governor of the state, illegally awarded.
Lana claimed that any installation by them while the lawsuit is pending is illegal, null and void.
He advised the governor to withhold approval of a high chief, the Olubadan, so that he would not be involved in the violation of the common law of the chief of Ibadan.
Delta Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa mourns Olubadan of Ibadan
In a statement from his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, the governor noted that the late ninety-year-old monarch was a courageous leader and committed to development of his kingdom and beyond.
Okowa prayed that Almighty God would give eternal rest to the soul of the late monarch.
How the former Olubadan died in 2016
Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who ruled Nigeria’s third largest city Ibadan before Oba Adetunji, died in his sleep in 2016.
Oba Odulana had ascended the throne in 2007, since Baale had elevated Ibadan to Olubadan in 1930 was.
2023: Does Makinde maintain the ambition of the president? Aide reacts
In another development, chief press spokesman Taiwo Adisa reacted to the rumor that Makinde had the ambitions of the president.
Adisa said the ad that was in circulation linking his boss to presidential ambitions in 2023 was a fake.