Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is to formerly give the instrument of office to the new Olubadan-elect, Oba Saliu Akanmu Olasupo Adetunji on Friday, the 4th of March 2016 thus putting to rest the hyped legal battle said to be a clog on the way to the successful installation of the monarch.
The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Lekan Balogun made the declaration yesterday while addressing journalists on the activities lined up for the installation of the new Olubadan.
High Balogun who was flanked on the high table by High Femi Olaifa, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola,High Chief Abiodun Kola Daisi and Mrs. Aina Ogunesan, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs stated that Oba Saliu Akanmu Olasupo Adetunji will be presented with staff of office at the popular Mapo Hall arcade by 10am this Friday.
High Chief Lekan Balogun who went memory lane noted that, “It is pertinent to stress the unrivalled uniqueness of the succession system and ascension lines to the Olubadan stool which recognises two main succession lines; Otun Olubadan and Balogun with all the logical and sequential steps.
“It is also statutory and common knowledge that contenders to this royal stool invariably are rooted essentially in the two approved lines; Otun Olubadan and Balogun lines, with each line having 22 and 23 steps respectively on its ladder in a promotional system that cannot be circumvented. The two lines are marked with genealogical significance. While the Olubadan line is known as the civic line, the Balogun line is the military line.”
The Otun Olubadan noted that, “the kingmakers for the Olubadan of Ibadanland are empowered by the extant 1957 Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration to propose as candidate the most senior chief in the line whose turn it is to fill a vacancy in the stool of Olubadan.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the provisions of the aforementioned declaration states that ‘the line whose turn it is to present a candidate shall nominate a candidate for the chieftaincy at a meeting of the kingmakers to be summoned by the most senior chief of the chieftaincy line not presenting the candidate.
“Gentlemen of the press, it may interest you to know that the 40th Olubadan of Ibadan, late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 ascended the throne from the Otun Olubadan line. Since the ascension is strictly rotational between the two major chieftaincy lines, according to the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration, the next 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland must ascend the royal stool from the Balogun line. Having satisfied all the conditions precedent, the Olubadan-in-Council has appointed the Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Saliu Akanmu Olasupo Adetunji as the new and the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.”
While answering question on case instituted by the aggrieved Seriki line, High Chief Balogun emphasised that their litigation cannot stop the installation of the new Olubadan because it is only seriki that is competent to be promoted and join either Otun or Balogun lines from the title of Ekerin Olubadan and that as at now there is only Otun Seriki , explaining that there is no cause for alarm.

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