A group, the Ibadan Youth Solidarity Movement has advised Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to use utmost wisdom in the brewing crises regarding the installation of the new Olubadan of Ibadan to avoid major crises in the state.
In a statement signed by Bolaji Olatunji, the group said Makinde must not allow a lacuna in the occupation of the stool and should allow tradition take it’s course by assisting the coronation of Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun as the new Olubadan.
The statement said youths in the state have watched with dismay the resistance to the natural Olunadan process of succession which has existence centuries by some elements who are hiding under legal shadows.
According to Olatunji, the next in line of succession is clearly the Otun Olubadan, Senator Balogun.
Without going into legal jingoism, His Excellency would recall that he amicably nullified the law in contention, enacted by his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi when truce was called, upon His Excellency’s assumption in office.
We would like to point out to HIS Excellency, Egnr Seyi Makinde that barring any other court ruling, the settlement reached and nullification stands and Otun Ibadan, Senator Lekan Balogun is next in line to succeed His Royal Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, who has joined his ancestors.
Olatunji continues: “The governor can already see the massive support the Otun Olubadan is receiving with many chiefs and other leading traditional rulers, religious leaders and leaders of thoughts endorsing him.
“We the Ibadan Youth Movement thereby appeal to His Excellency to give deep consideration to this matter and allow a smooth succession of the stool of the Olubadan of Ibadan by affirming Senator Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadan”.
The statement reads:
“After all the insecurity our state was plunged into last year and His Excellency’s diligence and diplomatic resolve of a near crises, we have utmost confidence that he will apply same wisdom and not allow himself he dragged by detractors pretending to be protecting the law.”