The Otun Olubadan has said the Directives of Governor Seyi Makinde will be abided with adding that he remains their governor and instruction laid down should be followed
The Otun Olubadan, who is the next in line to become the new Olubadan, said this in an interview with journalists in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Urban Express-News Online report that the former governor Abiola Ajimobi Elevated high chiefs with beaded crown-wearing Obas but senator Rashidi Ladoja who is indeed a former governor of the state, rejected the offer to become an Oba.
Makinde had on Tuesday directed that Ibadan traditional institution reverts to its original concept to end the controversy trailing the selection of the new Olubadan after the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Responding to the directive, Otun Olubadan, High Chief Balogun who was initially the Otun of Olubadan under the old arraignment had said the governor’s directive on reverting to the status-quo will abide with, adding that he is the one running the state government as of today
His Word;’’ Whatever he wants is what we will do. He means well for the state, for Ibadan and others. We will abide by his demand.
“We will abide by what he said. It was the rule of his predecessor that got us to do what we were doing and now that he is in charge and he wants us to revert, we will revert.
“Whatever he wants is what we will abide by. We lose nothing by doing that and that is the way it is.”
There has been raging controversy over the propriety of the Otun Olubadan to ascend the throne of Olubadan after the death of Oba Adetunji.
Following the death of Oba Adetunji, a former Attorney General in the state, Mr. Michael Lana, in a petition to the governor, asked him to withhold approval for the Otun Olubadan to ascend the throne of Olubadan.
He argued that the High Chiefs had been elevated to Obas and it would be an aberration to crown somebody twice because such had never happened anywhere in Yorubaland.
But the High Chiefs said their elevation could not stop any of them from ascending the throne when it is their turn because they remain High Chiefs despite their elevation.
Makinde had, during his condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan, said the ascendancy to the throne of Olubadan had never witnessed controversy because of the laid down traditions on succession where the next in line as Olubadan was usually known.
He said the elevation of some High Chiefs to Oba by his predecessor in office caused the present controversy being witnessed.