Ex-Oyo Governor, Ladoja absent as Ibadan High Chiefs meet [PHOTOS]
A former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja was on Wednesday absent at a meeting held by some Ibadan High Chiefs.
DAILY POST reports that Ladoja is the current Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land.
Following the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, some High Chiefs in the community on Wednesday held a press conference to intimate the public on the way forward.
DAILY POST had reported that the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, joined his ancestors in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 93.
Since his death, the question of who succeeds the Oba had become a subject of discussion in and around Ibadan, prompting the meeting and press conference by the Chiefs.
However, Ladoja shunned the High Chiefs and the press briefing.
Ladoja, our correspondent recalls, is the only High Chiefs who rejected the title of Obaship during the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi.
Those who attended the meeting include the High Chief Lekan Balogun (Otun Olubadan), High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin (Balogun of Ibadan land) and High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola.
Others at the meeting were High Chief Abiodun Kola-Daisi, High Chief Eddy Oyewole Foko and High Chief Amidu Ajibade.
Balogun, who is the current Otun Olubadan, spoke on behalf of his colleagues.
He explained that he is the Prime Minister of the Olubadan-in-Council.
Balogun added that as the prime minister, he owed the people of Ibadanland and Oyo State in general the obligations to inform and update them on the latest development at the palace.
Balogun further said the departed monarch had tried his best for the ancient city.
He enjoined the residents to discard all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of the city.
“One, as a bonafide indigene of Ibadanland, there is a natural need for me to join you in commiserating with the family of the late Oba on the sudden home call of our Kabiyesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso II the late Olubadan of Ibadanland.
“Two, by way of duty, as the Prime Minister of the Olubadan-in-Council, we owe the people of Ibadanland and Oyo State in general the obligations to inform and update you all on the latest development at our Palace.
“It is no longer news that our much-revered Kabiyesi, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso II the Olubadan of Ibadanland has joined his ancestors. It is my prayer that the Almighty God to whom all mortals shall return will accept his home call, forgive his sins and grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.
“I, therefore, enjoin you all to discard all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland, irrespective of the quarters from which such fake news emanates.
“In line with the traditional practice of Ibadanland when an occasion like this arises, the Olubadan-in-Council has been up and liaising with the Oyo State Government to ensure that every necessary step to sustain the peace of the City is strictly followed.
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