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  • Updated: April 11, 2024

Ladoja criticizes Otun Balogun's remarks on Olubadan-designate's health

Ladoja criticizes Otun Balogun's remarks on Olubadan-designa

In the midst of the ongoing crisis surrounding the selection of the new Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and former governor of Oyo State, has criticised the stance taken by the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, regarding the health status of the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.

Ladoja asserted that Ajibola's remarks about Olakulehin's health were merely his personal opinion and emphasized that Ajibola is not a medical doctor.

He highlighted that Ajibola's age should also be taken into consideration, as he is above 80 years old, and it would be unfair to expect him to act like a youth.

Responding to queries about the possibility of substituting Ajibola if he fails to attend the Olubadan-in-Council meeting where he is to nominate Olakulehin as Olubadan, Ladoja stated that in such an event, another High Chief next in line could substitute for him.

“Ajibola is not 20 years old man, he is not 30 years old or 40 years old man, he is above 80 years, so, we can't expect him to act like a youth,” Ladoja added

“Ajibola can be substituted to nominate Olubadan if he didn’t come to the meeting, I’ve already slated a meeting for Friday because tomorrow is a public holiday, if he didn’t come, he can be substituted,” Ladoja said.

Ladoja further clarified the traditional process for nominating the next Olubadan, stating that Olakulehin must be nominated by the Otun Balogun, who is next in line, at a meeting convened by the most senior chief in the other line, which is currently Ladoja, within 21 days of the demise of the monarch.

The vacancy in the Olubadan stool arose following the passing of the 42nd Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, and Olakulehin is next in line according to the chieftaincy arrangement in Ibadanland.

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