The palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun has exonerated itself from the purported visitation of the royal father’s son, Femi Balogun to his school mate and a politician, Mr. Olasunkanmi Tegbe, declaring that the palace has no connection with the visit described as Femi’s personal affair.
According to a statement by Oba Balogun’s Media Assistant, Mr. Oladele Ogunsola on Monday, the Aremo Olubadan was alleged to have endorsed the Senatorial ambition of Tegbe during the visit, a position which is at variance with that of Aliiwo dynasty where the current Olubadan hails from.
“The palace distances itself from the purported visit and endorsement of Tegbe by Femi and condemns such in view of the fact that the Aliiwo dynasty which today sits on Ibadan throne also has a son, who currently serves as Senator in the same Senatorial District in person of Senator Kola Balogun and still wishes to serve another term.
“As much as nobody can prevent Femi, being an adult from holding a personal political view and democracy enjoins freedom of choice, the palace frowns at the dragging of the exalted throne into such personal and unguarded visit and endorsement by a member of the family using the name of Olubadan.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the palace wishes to let the whole public know that Femi was not sent on such an errand and nobody in the palace would dare do such because Olubadan remains the father of all. From all intent and purposes, he was on his own and his purported message carries no blessings of the Olubadan palace”, Ogunsola stated.