Ajimobi announces Olubadan’s demise, extols virtues

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State
‘Seriki line not recognized by law’
GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State yesterday formally announced the death of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I.
He made the announcement  at the Executive Chambers of his office  after he played host to the members of Olubadan-in-Council, led by the Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Saliu Adetunji, who is the Olubadan- designate.
Ajimobi called for a minute silence and prayed for the repose of the soul of the late monarch.
“We commiserate with the family and Olubadan-in-Council. He lived a life worthy of emulation and left an unbeatable legacies among all traditional rulers in the country.”
The governor described the late Olubadan as an accomplished royal father, administrator and irreplaceable patriot.
Ajimobi said Oba Odulana was a disciplinarian and an unstoppable democrat who won election as an independent candidate because he was very committed and had integrity.
Earlier, Adetunji said the council was there  to inform the governor of  the demise of the Olubadan.
Meanwhile, the Olubadan-in-Council has dismissed claims by the Seriki line that it is their turn to produce the next Olubadan, saying only two lines- Otun Olubadan and Balogun, are recognized by law.
The council insisted that there was no Seriki and that nobody could present himself for installation unless it presents the person to the governor.
Speaking on behalf ‎of the Council, High Chief Abimbola Tajudeen Ajibola, the Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland, said the only person qualified to be Olubadan at this time is High Chief Saliu Adetunji.
His words: “The only person to be the Olubadan is Adetunji. That is the authentic one. No other one. Any other one is a counterfeit. You know in this our institution, we have only two lines recognized so far, both by law and otherwise. They are Otun Olubadan Line and Balogun Line, and that is all. There is no third line. Nobody is competent to say he can be Olubadan. He cannot appoint himself; he cannot put himself there.”

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