The Ibadan kingmakers were unexpectedly taciturn at their meeting at the Olubadan Palace, Mapo, where they were expected to ratify the name of Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland on Tuesday.
Sequel to transition of the late Olubadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso I, on 2 January, 2022, the kingmakers are to meet and submit the name of the Olubadan-elect to the Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on or before the 16 January, 2022 deadline.
Seven of the kingmakers held a closed-door meeting lasting about two hours from 11:30am to ratify and send the name of Senator Lekan Balogun to the Governor Makinde for eventual approval as the new Olubadan.
While the Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, was conspicuously absent, others present at the meeting included High Chiefs Owolabi Olakulehin (Balogun of Ibadanland); Tajudeen Ajibola (Otun Balogun); and Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe (Osi Balogun).
Also in attendance are High Chief Kola Adegbola (Ashipa); Olubunmi Isioye (Ekerin Balogun); Eddy Oyewole (Ashipa Olubadan); and Biodun Kola-Daisi (Ekerin Olubadan), while Iyalode of Ibadanland, High Chief Theresa Oyekanmi, was also absent due to reported ill-health.
The kingmakers, who came out of the meeting at about 1:45pm, declined to respond to questions from newsmen who had gathered at the venue of the meeting.
But The Tabloid.net learnt that they might have ratified and sent the name of the Otun Olubadan, being the most senior high chief, to Governor Makinde for approval as the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.
According to a Palace source: “The kingmakers met today at the Olubadan Palace, as scheduled, and they have taken a final decision to ratify the name of the Olubadan-elect and send same to the state governor, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde for approval.”