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Olubadan: Oba Olakulehin thanks residents for support, prayers

Olubadan: Oba Olakulehin thanks residents for support, praye

Balogun Olubadan, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin has thanked the residents of Ibadan for their prayers and support.

Oba Olakulehin made this known shortly after being nominated by Ibadan kingmakers as Olubadan on Friday.

This will be the second time the Olubadan will be appearing in public after the demise of his predecessor, Oba Lekan Balogun.

Oba Olakulehin, in a short interview with journalists said, “Thank you all for your support and prayers. Good things will never cease in your homes.”

Also speaking, the convener of the meeting, High Chief Ladoja said while fielding questions from the newsmen that, “In this meeting, we have concluded the appointment of the new Olubadan subject to the consent of the governor. The letter will go to the governor as soon as possible because it is being prepared by the South East local government.

“We hope that the governor will give his consent as soon as possible. As soon as he gives his consent, we will pick a date for the coronation. We pray that all of us will be alive to witness the day. Thank you for your endurance," he stressed

Present at the meeting were the Osi Olubadan, Oba Eddy Oyewole; Osi Balogun, Oba Lateef Adebimpe; Asipa Balogun, Oba Kolawole Adegbola; Asipa Olubadan, Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi; Ekerin Balogun, Oba Dada Isioye; Ekerin Olubadan, Oba Hamidu Ajibade; Ekaarun Balogun, Oba Abiodun Azeez and Ekaarun Olubadan, Oba Bayo Akande.

The Olubadan-In-Council, on Friday, nominated Oba Owolabi Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The seat became vacant on Thursday, March 14, 2024, after the demise of Oba Lekan Balogun, who reigned for two years and died at the age of 81 years.

The kingmakers agreed to name Oba Olakulehin as the next Olubadan at a meeting called by Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja.

He was nominated by the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Gbadamosi Adebimpe, following the absence of Otun Balogun, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, who was expected to nominate him (Oba Olakulehin).

The Ekaarun Olubadan and Ekaarun Balogun were excused from the decision-making as the 1957 declaration only recognises High Chiefs from Ekerin Balogun and Ekerin Olubadan as ‘Afobaje” otherwise known as the kingmakers.

The meeting was supervised by officials of the Ibadan South East Local Government Area of the state, who are expected to forward the outcome of the meeting to the State Governor, Seyi Makinde for ratification.

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