Olubadan accuses high chiefs of lying over chieftaincy controversy

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[Ibadan]–The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said that the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, and the Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin, were not being truthful in a statement credited to them that he failed to carry along the Olubadan-in-Council in the recent decisions concerning the conferment of chieftaincy titles.

In a statement signed by the monarch’s Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, the Olubadan said he could not have made the decisions without the knowledge of his high chiefs.

The monarch also said that the role of the high chiefs was “basically advisory”, adding that he was not an absolute monarch and, as such, was not authoritarian, contrary to the news going around.

Oloko further said, “According to Oba Adetunji, how else do you carry your lieutenants along other than following the established procedure for the appointment of chiefs by tabling the matter and calling for a dispassionate discussions in the council?

“Specifically referring to the appointment of Chief Mrs Ameringun as the Iyaloja of Ibadan and Chief Olakojo as Mayegun of Ibadan, Adetunji maintained that the high chiefs were duly carried along before and during the chieftaincy installation ceremonies.”

Recall that Chief Labake Lawal, the sacked Iyaloja of Ibadan has dragged the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan-in-Council and Chief Iswat Abiola Ameringun, the new Iyaloja, to court for stripping her of her title.

Later, two most senior members of the Olubadan-in-Council, High Chiefs Lekan Balogun and Owolabi Olakulehin, Otun Olubadan and Balogun of Ibadanland, in a jointly released press statement accused Olubadan of unilaterally acting without due recourse to the council. 

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