Olubadan-in-Council Holds Maiden Meeting, To Review Honourary  Chieftaincy Titles

Following its maiden meeting on Monday, the Olubadan-in-Council has revealed that it will review honourary chieftaincy titles conferred on individuals in the last few years.

The meeting was the first to be held after the coronation of Oba Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan last Friday.

The Otun Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, who disclosed this after the meeting held at the Alarere residence of the new Olubadan, said honourary chieftaincy titles would be reviewed to determine whether they were rightly or wrongly conferred on people.

The review, according to High Chief Ajibola, would take place after the annual Ramadan fast.

The meeting was presided over by Oba Balogun, with High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin, who is the Balogun of Ibadan land by his side.

High Chief Ajibola said the Council rejoiced with Oba Balogun on his successful coronation, which he said the meeting reviewed and applauded Governor Seyi Makinde as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters for playing their roles commendably.

The High Chief also revealed the council’s plan to immediately fill the existing vacancies occasioned by the elevation of Oba Balogun from Otun to Olubadan.

This means former governor of Oyo State, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, the current Osi Olubadan, would be promoted to Otun Olubadan.

Similarly, High Chiefs Eddy Oyewole, Abiodun Kola-Daisi, Hamidu Ajibade, who currently hold the positions of Ashipa Olubadan, Ekerin Olubadan and Ekarun Olubadan respectively would become Osi Olubadan, Ashipa Olubadan and Ekerin Olubadan in that order.

High Chief Ajibola, however, noted that the promotion exercise could not be held without the consent of the state governor, which he said was already being processed. While awaiting the governor’s consent, other lesser promotions down the line to Jagun which doesn’t need the governor’s consent would begin on Friday, March 18.

“Appointment of Mogajis and Baales would follow after the completion of all the promotion exercises which would end with the Iyalode line,” Otun Balogun added.

Aside High Chief Ladoja (Osi Olubadan); High Chief Olubunmi Dada Isioye (Ekerin Balogun) and High Chief Theresa Oladuntan Oyekanmi (Iyalode of Ibadan land), all other members of the Olubadan-in-Council attended the meeting.

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