The two year deadlock over chieftaincy promotion into the Olubadan-in-Council was broken over the weekend as five high chiefs were elevated into their appropriate ranks by Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace.
Amid jokes and backslapping, the high chiefs decked in traditional of and alagba outfits along with their wives and well-wishers stormed the palace ofi Olubadan at about 12.00noon on Friday to be ushered into the majestic presence of Oba Adetunji to receive akoko leaves before going down on their chests three times as required by Ibadan customs and traditions.
Those who were elevated include High Chiefs Tajudeen Abimbola Ajibola from Osi Balogun to Otun Balogun; High Chief Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe from Asipa Balogun to Osi balogun; High Chief Dr. Kolawole Adegbola from Ekerin Balogun to Asipa Balogun; Senior Chief John Olubunmi Isioye Dada from Abese Balogun to Ekerin Balogun and Senior Chief Abiodun Azeez Agagagugu, Maye Balogun to Ekerin Balogun of Ibadanland.
In a press statement signed by Adeola Oloko, Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, the decision to elevate the High Chiefs came on the heels of their recommendation by Olubadan, the consenting and prescribed authority on all chieftaincy matters in Ibadanland to Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who approved of the elevation via a letter dated 12th December, 2019 and sent to Olubadan.
At the impressive ceremony held at the palace ground were all but one high chief who was unavoidably absent, having sent apology through his wife. Those present include Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Osi Olubadan and former Governor of Oyo State, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja; Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola Daisi, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Mrs. Theresa Oyekanmi and Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade. In the Balogun, only the Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin was present at the meeting as those affected by the elevation fall into Balogun line.
With this development, peace which had become elusive, since the former Oyo State governments controversial chieftaincy reform in2017, has returned to the Olubadan-in-Council as all the vacant stools in the council have been filled.
An elated Olubadan commended the |Oyo Sttae Government under Governoir Seyi Makinde, saying the high chiefs would soon be served their posting instructions into different Local Government Traditional Councils, where they would be representing the Olubadan.