Olubadan To Get State Burial – Senator Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo State governor , Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has announced that the burial rites for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, will begin on February 6, while his remains would be interred on February 12, in Ibadan, the state capital.

The governor, who disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Monatan, Ibadan, residence of the deceased, on Friday, said President Muhammad Buhari will be expected to lead other dignitaries to the city for the burial ceremonies.

He said that the decision was taken by a committee comprising members of the deceased monarch’s family, Olubadan-in-council and the state government to ensure that  the late oba is given a stately farewell.

The governor said: “We have decided to make it a stately burial and we will set up a committee made up of members of the family, of which I am one, the Olubadan-in-council and government officials. We have agreed that we will commence all activities from February 6 and complete the burial ceremony on the February 12 with the interment. The committee will decide the modus operandi of the ceremonies

“President Muhammadu Buhari and my fellow governors will top list of dignitaries we will be inviting to give late Oba Odugade a befitting burial. I’m using this medium to solicit the support of Ibadan people both at home and in the Diaspora to join hands with us to make the ceremonies grand.”

Lagos Begins Implementation Of 360 Degree New Education Policy

The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to implement new educational policy initiatives to be called 360 Degree Education.

This, it said, would further promote the growth of functional and qualitative education across the state.

This is in fulfillment of its campaign promise of improving infrastructure renewal in public schools to make teaching/ learning environment more conducive for better performance.

Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Oluranti Adebule said this at a two-day meeting/ retreat held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday.

The retreat was organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) to review the state’s educational development agenda and opportunities.

Adebule stated that the new 360 degree educational policy when fully implemented would make teaching and learning environment more conducive for total education of school children, as according to her, the new model schools will be fully equipped with state-of-the art learning facilities that will attract children to learn.

The Deputy Governor added that the newly approved school building under the new policy would provide spaces for visual and literary arts, sciences, visual and expressive school history, library and media centres, sports/ common space, ICT unit and other facilities necessary for quality teaching and learning.

Adebule, who disclosed that the State Executive Council at its last meeting approved the new policy for the state, added that government would ensure a significant improvement in teaching methods and staff quality, including the introduction of technology-based instructional tools to achieve better performance outcomes in all public schools in the state.

While expressing confidence that the new 360 degree education policy was an initiative that would raise the standard of education in the state, she assured that the state government would not relent in liaising with notable quality education support around the world to ensure success of its educational policies.

“The implementation of our 360 degree education policy will not be complete without partnership with platforms such as Department for International Development, DFID; Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, ESSPIN and the Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria, DEEPIN, whose partnership and collaborations has been of key importance to the attainment of modest educational performance outcomes in the state,’’ she stated.

While reaffirming government’s commitment to the implementation of sustainable development of educational policies in the state, including adequate welfare for its teaching staff, the deputy governor noted that the very huge amount allocated to education in the 2016 budget was a demonstration of government’s desire for improvement and positive change in the education sector, promising that the state Ministry of Education under her watch would ensure successful implementation of laudable educational programmes that would reposition the status of education in the state.

Aderanti, while calling on all stakeholders in the education sector to double their efforts to achieve government’s desire for success in the sector, urged members and leaders of various Community Development Associations (CDAs) to join hands and support government’s initiatives by ensuring adequate protection for schools infrastructure in their areas so that government’s huge investment in education will not be a waste.

DFID, Southwest Acting Regional Coordinator, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, stated that the two-day retreat/ meeting was organised as part of the measures to help the state to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in education, which she noted was very crucial to the attainment of other developments.

She said her organization would continue to support the state government in the planning and implementation of its policies in education because of its important position as a role model state in the country.

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Buhari Storms Ogun For ‘Operation 40-40’

President Muhammadu Buhari will be part of history making as Ogun Sate will be celebrating 40 years of creation.

The event, agged Operation 40-40′, is to mark legacy projects in the state.

Addressing a world press conference Friday at the Press Centre, Oke Mosan, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa disclosed that the celebration is not for birthday for the state, but to harvest some completed projects across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

Adeoluwa said, “our desire to celebrate the creation of the state is not for birthday. We want to speak less on the birthday, forty is a milestone, but for us in Ogun state,the issue goes beyond 40 years.

“We have a huge harvest of completed projects which have been completed for over a year, but we don’t like show off, but to do our thing the way we should be.

“But some elders called our attention to the state creation date which is February 3rd and said we should make it a huge celebration. We have over 100 projects across the state and about 60 have been fully completed. We have selected 40 legacy projects to be commissioned by the President to commemorate the anniversary.

“Buhari has most kindly agreed to visit and commission some of the projects. He will be in the state between Monday, 1 & Tuesday 2 February, 2016 to commission some of the projects. Though we are working to see if he can commission all, they are scattered all over the state. All other projects will be commissioned by our past Governors and administrators,” Adeoluwa said.

According to him, Ogun Central leads the pack with between 14-16 projects followed by Ogun East with 12-14 projects and Ogun West with 12 projects.

Projects to be commissioned in Ogun Central includes Alagbaagba Cocoa Plantation, Odeda; Owowo Farm Settlement; Tomato Plantation, Kotopo; Model School, Kobape, Onijaganjagan and Ewekoro.

Others are: A.A.K. Degun Workers Estate, Laderin,Abeokuta; Three Hills Estate, Kobape; Itoku Flyover, Salon Flyover, Iyana Mortuary Flyover, Ojere-Adatan road, OGTV-Ajebo road, Omida road and Isale Igbein road.

In Ogun East, projects to be commissioned include Model School, Sagamu; New Makun City,formerly Estate of Paradise City. The project was on a 50 hectares and was abandoned by the last administration, but was expanded to 750 hectares.

Other projects are: Oba Akarigbo bridge, Sabo Flyover, both in Sagamu. Model school, Ikenne, now HID Awolowo Model school; Model school, Ago Iwoye; Mobalufon bridge, Ijebu Ode; Lagos garage flyover, Ijebu Ode; Emuren Chicks Farms, which produces about 2,000 chicks daily; and Ijebu Ode township road.

In Ogun West, the longest road constructed by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration would be commissioned. The road cuts across four LGAs out of five in the district and it is 110km long. It begins from Ilara and runs through Ijoun, Tombolo, and Oja Odan.

Other projects are: Ilo-Awela road, Model School,Ado Odo; Sango-Ijoko road; OPIC New Dawn Estate, Agbara; Oil Plantation, Ipokia (50 hectares); Cashew Plantation and Rice Plantation,Egua.

As parts of the activities, all past Governors in the state will join the Special Executive Council meeting. All Ex-SSGs and all ex- HoS will also be in attendance.

A similar special session will be held at the Ogun State House of Assembly with all past Speakers in attendance.

Other activities are lined up for the day include novelty football match, quiz competition among public secondary schools, celebration of indigenous icons, Ogun Got Talent and a drama presentation titled “Ojo Ola” will be performed by Ogun Indigene Entertainment.

Ambode Directs Work To Begin On Ajasa-Command, Abesan Roads

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has directed that work should begin with immediate effect on the Ajasa-Command and Abesan roads, describing their present state as disheartening.

Work, he said, would begin on the Ajasa-Command axis, after Ile-Iwe junction, where the earlier construction stopped, explaining that the project will accommodate walkways, street lights and drainage systems.

He spoke after being briefed about the road by Mr Rasheed Akindele, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, and a community leader. Akindele said Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) started the project around 2011/2012, while the ministry took it to the Command Bridge and Ipaja axis.

The road, he said, deteriorated because of high volume of vehicles. Motorists, he said, preferred to link Ipaja and Ayobo through the axis from Alagbado.

The community leader, Alhaji Abdulrazak Olajide, said their problem was lack of road, pipe-borne water, health facility, electricity and schools.

Responding, the governor said: “I felt sad when I got here to see the state of roads in this area. It is so displeasing, it is disheartening and it is totally unacceptable to me. I have been reading about the state of this area from several letters written to me by residents and that was what made me to decide to come and see things for myself.

“I will start from where they stopped work previously at Ekoro Road and we will fix the drainage from there to Ajasa here within the next two weeks. We will not stop at that, we will fix the roads also. We are going to fix this road from Command Bridge down to Command and Ikola.

“In addition to that, I have listened to one of the leaders in this community. We are bringing schools into this community. One of our priorities for 2016 which we have stated in our budget tagged: ‘The People’s Budget’ is to provide schools and health centres for all our communities and we will make sure that this part of Lagos is well represented in that provision.

“I just want you to be patient and cooperate with the contractors and when we do the road, we are also going to do street lights. Above all, when we do all these, you also make sure that you pay your taxes.”

At Abesan, Ambode, who trekked about 900 meters from Church Road to Giwa Street to inspect the Abesan link road, promised that work would begin on the road in two to three weeks.

Ambode said: “We are here in Ipaja and we have moved from the junction at Ekoro road joining from Church Street up to this point in Giwa. We have seen that the roads here are in a deplorable state. The best option for us is to commence this project immediately. We are going to construct from Church road down to Aboru and then do the bridge that will link this Giwa Street to Abesan Estate and also down to Iyana Ipaja.

“We will do the drainage, street light and then walkway also. What I just want to tell all the people in Aboru is to be patient with us. The contractor will move to site within the next two to three weeks. We have also told the contractor to employ people from this area to do the job. All you need to do is to cooperate with government and the contractor. Before the end of this year, the project must have been completed and we will be back to walk on the roads together”, he said.

Adetunji Is The Authentic Olubadan-In-Waiting – Ibadan Chiefs

Ibadan chiefs yesterday affirmed that Chief Saliu Adetunji is the authentic olubadan-in-waiting to succeed the late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 as Olubadan.

The leader of the Seriki Line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, is laying claim to the throne has has gone ahead to file a motion in court seeking for a declaration compelling the Olubadan-in-council and the governor of Oyo State, Mr. Ajimobi to enthrone him Olubadan..

However, the Olubadan-in-Council yesterday held a meeting at the palace of Oba Odulana insisting that Adetunji will be the Olubadan-designate.

At the meeting were  Adetunji; the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; the Otun Balogun, Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Ashipa Olubadan, Chief Eddy Oyewole; Osi Balogun, Chief Olufemi Olaifa and Ashipa Balogun, Chief Abimbola Ajibola.

Ajibola, who spoke shortly after the meeting, said it was undisputed that Adetunji is the authentic Olubadan-in-waiting.

“Any other one is a counterfeit,” he said, adding: “In this institution, we have lines. There are only two lines recognised so far, both by law and otherwise. They are the Otun Olubadan Line and the Balogun Line. There is no third line.

“Nobody is competent to say he can be Olubadan. He cannot appoint himself. He cannot put himself there. We are not aware of any judgment that he is claiming because there is no Seriki or whatever. The 1959 Declaration Law says: Seriki, if there are two vacancies in one line, should come there. No other judgment can overrule the law; that is the law.They have no Seriki now.”

He noted that the only recognised Seriki then was the late Chief Adisa Akinloye, adding that since he died, there had been no execution and no awareness.

Ajibola wondered: “How can they say they want to be Olubadan? Who is going to sign for them? All the members of the council will not sign for whoever they (Seriki Line) propose. Who is going to sign for them?.

“The governor will not even listen to them. Whoever we present to be Olubadan as kingmakers, the governor is going to follow. Are they going to sign for themselves? They are not part of our meeting. We have never had any meeting with them. They have not been promoted.

“What they should do, they should do it right away in time. They did not ask Olubadan before he was late to promote them. So, there is nobody competent so far to lay claim (from the Seriki Line).”

According to him, there is no vacancy as the succession ladder.

“Well, we have filled the vacancies. There is no existing vacancy. Where are they going to come in? At the moment, the only person competent to come in would have been Seriki and there is none. This Chief Oyediji, claiming he wants to be Olubadan is only the Osi Seriki. He has not been promoted,” Ajibola said.

“He should apply to Olubadan to promote him first, before he starts arguing. He has no locus. The governor knows the right thing. He won’t listen.”

The Head of the acclaimed line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, and five others yesterday filed a motion seeking an order compelling the government and the Olubadan-In-Council to instal Oyediji as the Olubadan.

Oyediji, 89, and others based their prayer on a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the recognition of the Seriki as the third line to produce the Olubadan.

According to him and the motion filed by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Mukthar Abimbola, the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.

The businessman alleged disregard for rule of law on the part of the Olubadan -in-Council. He said he was the next to be installed Olubadan based on the said judgment.

The motion will be heard next Wednesday.

Kwara Govt Constitutes Committee To Address Communal Clashes

The Kwara State Government is to set up a Reconciliation and Rehabilitation committee that will be saddled with the responsibility of finding a permanent solution to the issue of communal clashes in the State.

The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed made this announcement on Thursday while receiving the report of the Administrative Board of Enquiry earlier set up to look into the causes of the recent Share/Tsaragi communal clash.

According to him, the essence of establishing the committee is to find out permanent solutions to all cases of recurring communal crisis between communities across the State.

The committee is to be headed by the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, who also chaired the Administrative Board of Inquiry.

While presenting the report, the Emir expressed hope that recommendations made by the board will go a long way in ensuring lasting peace in communities across the State, stressing that the peaceful coexistence enjoyed in Kwara must be sustained.

He also thanked Governor Ahmed for giving him and other members of the Commission the opportunity to be part of the reconciliation process.

It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed earlier this month inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry to find out the immediate and remote causes of the communal clash that broke out between Share and Tsaragi communities on December 19, 2015.

Ambode Will Deliver Dividends Of Democracy – Oba Of Lagos

His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, The Elegushi of Ikateland has assured Lagosians that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration is on the right track to providing the much desired infrastructural, economic and social development.

The monarch, who in a statement signed by his executive secretary, Mr. Bamidele Ijagbemi, noted that “this assurance becomes necessary for Lagosians to understand that the state has just entered another era of superlative performance in infrastructural development and social welfare”.

According to him, “as the traditional ruler of Ikate Elegushi Land, the welfare of the people and development of Lagos state are most paramount to me. My role as a ruler is to influence, initiate and drive development, and I am happy to find Governor Akinwunmi a willing partner. The governor is a change agent whose tenure will increase the pace of development in Lagos State”.

Oba Elegushi described Ambode as a man that can be trusted and relied upon. “For people who might not know, the current governor has a track record of performance and history of accomplishments. He has served in different capacities in the administration of the state prior to his election as Lagos state governor. I can assure everyone that his extensive knowledge and experience position him to effectively steer Lagos state to greater heights”.

“Since the country returned to democracy in 1999, Lagos state has benefitted from quality leadership and this is evident in the quantum of progress recorded by the state over that period,” adding that, “from the days of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who had the Herculean task of cleansing the state off the debris of military dictatorship and creating a master plan for the state, to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who brought to life the beauty of the master plan. Lagos State has demonstrated that foresight and purposeful governance is critical to growth and development, and this tradition will continue with Governor Ambode to make Lagos greater”.

While describing Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, the Minister of Power, Works and House as a shinning example of responsible leadership that streamed out of the Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu School of Thought, Oba Ademola Saheed Elegushi enjoined Lagosians to be patient with the incumbent Governor who has just settled down to deliver dividends of democracy to every resident of Lagos State. He emphasized that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is a “rich blend of maturity, ingenuity, selflessness and sagacity which will make his tenure smooth and phenomenally successful”.

The monarch also sounded a note of warning to persons of questionable character lurking in the state that “their time is up” and urged them to “turn a new leaf and be reintegrated into the society, or face the fury of the law because it is clear that there is no place for criminals in Lagos State with the recent empowerment of Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the state with helicopters, flying boats, motorbikes and cars by this administration”.

Lagos Govt Debunks Rumour Of Plane Crash

The Lagos State Government has debunked rumours of a plane crash around Oworonshoki area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Thursday, saying what people saw was merely a simulation exercise.

Rumours of a plane crash spread around Lagos as panicky residents said they saw a plane going down around Oworonshoki area.

Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Michael Akindele, debunked the rumour of plane crash, saying it was just simulation being carried out to ascertain preparedness of emergency agencies in case of a plane crash.

“As part of emergency preparedness of the National Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other stakeholders in Lagos State, a simulation exercise was today conducted on plane crash in Oworoshoki area of Lagos State, SouthWest Nigeria,” he said.

Akindele said the exercise was to assess the level of preparedness and identify gaps of emergency responders in case of a plane crash or related emergency in the state.

He explained that the exercise would also help to assist in the areas such as coordination, response time, capacity building and the use of equipment and personnel during emergencies/disaster.

Agencies involved in the exercise were NEMA, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Lagos State Fire Service; Lagos State Waterways Authority.

Other agencies are NAMA, NIMASA, Nigeria Police, RRS, NSCDC, FRSC, Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Navy, and the local divers.

Source: PM News

Lagos Assembly Speaker Mourns Olubadan

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commiserated with the good people of Ibadan and Oyo State Government over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.

The Late Olubadan, who was born in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan on April 14th,1914 became the Olubadan in July 2007 and passed on peacefully at the age of 101 on Tuesday evening, in his palace.

Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak stated that the late monarch was a dedicated, dynamic and highly resourceful  monarch whose tenure contributed significantly to the development of Ibadanland.

He was however optimistic that the next Olubadan would build on the achievements recorded by his predecessor to take Ibadan to a greater height.

The Speaker stated that, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the Olubadan, we share the pains of the good people of Ibadan and the State Government of Oyo State; we also commiserate with you at this trying period and may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.”

He further said ‘we extend our deepest sympathy and our condolences to the family of the Olubadan, as we know that it is very hard to bear, but must remember that death is the ultimate end of every human being; and the beginning of eternal life in the hereafter’.

During his lifetime, the Speaker believed, the departed Olubadan “was a strong combatant soldier which made him soar in the Nigeria Army, a diligent civil servant, seasoned politician and a devoted member and co-founder of several organisations such as the Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union.”

According to the Speaker, the demised oba combined all the experience he had got to bear on the socio-economic development of Ibadan city and other towns under his control.

Alaafin, Ooni’s Renewed Partnership, Beneficial For Yoruba Race – Peace Committee

The Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee has described the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, at the Church thanksgiving service to mark the 45th year coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as turning-point for the Yorubas.

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary.
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II – THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo’s 45 coronation anniversary.

The committee, at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday said the renewed friendship between the two monarchs would lead to stronger ties in the Yoruba race.

The secretary of the committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonlaa Azeez, Sabiganna of Iganna in a statement said the committee would consolidate on the Ooni’s peace initiative to ensure that all Yorubas work in harmony for the growth and development of the race.

He said the committee, during the reign of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, had made similar moves to bring the two leaders together but had not been successful.

He said with the two leaders now willing to work together as prominent members of the Yorubas, the marginalisation of the race at the national level would be tackled effectively.

“With Alaafin and Ooni in the forefront of any struggle or agitation by the Yoruba, it is certain that nobody can deny us our dues again which is why we must praise the wisdom and sagacity of the new Ooni and to commend him to keep the flag flying”, he added.

He urged South West politicians to also ensure that they do not bring disunity amongst the Yorubas by their selfish actions.

Intrigues, As Seriki Chiefs Files Motion To Stop Crowning Of Adetunji As Olubadan

The Seriki chieftaincy line in Ibadan has file a motion in court seeking an order to compel the Oyo State Government to install the head of the acclaimed line Chief Adebayo Oyediji as the Olubadan of Ibadan.

The Nation reports that Chief Oyediji and others based their prayer on a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the recognition of the Seriki as the third line to produce the Olubadan.

According to him and the motion filed by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Mukthar Abimbola, the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.

The businessman alleged disregard for rule of law on the part of the Olubadan -in-Council. He said he was the next to be installed Olubadan based on the said judgment.

The motion will be heard next Wednesday.

According to him, the alleged marginalisation of the Seriki line began since the last Otun Seriki, Chief Adisa Akinloye, was denied the opportunity before he died in 2007. He said that Seriki was the third line in the chieftaincy of Olubadan, adding upon the denial, the Supreme Court in 1989 ordered that Seriki line be included as the third line to the appointment of Olubadan.

Lana (left) with some high chiefs at the palace in Ibadan ...yesterday. PHOTO Credit: The Nation
Lana (left) with some high chiefs at the palace in Ibadan …yesterday. PHOTO Credit: The Nation

Oyediji claimed that the problem with the Seriki line started with the making of the 1959 Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration which put Seriki under the Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan and provided for the first time  that Seriki can only be promoted to Ekerin Balogun only if there are two simultaneous vacancies occurring in the Ashipa and Ekerin Balogun titles.

He explained that upon winning against the then Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Oloyede Asanke, and all the Chiefs in Balogun and Olubadan line, after challenging the said chieftaincy declaration, the Olubadan then prevailed on the Seriki chiefs not to insist on three lines for the Olubadan chieftaincy, but that rather chiefs in the Seriki line should cross to Ekerin Balogun and Ekerin Olubadan on the two lines whenever there is a vacancy in any of the two lines.

According to him, the out-of-court agreement was that the Balogun and Olubadan lines would each have two steps of promotion from Ekarun to Ekerin in their lines before the Seriki line shall have its own promotion to Ekerin in any of the two lines.

Having been denied the opportunity for long and following the consecutive deaths of high chiefs Sulaimon Omiyale and Omowale Kuye from both sides in November and December last year, Chief Oyediji said that it was the time of Seriki to have a shot at the Olubadan, stressing: “When the agreement was reached, the late Oba Odulana was the only senior ranking high chief in the Olubadan line and we were in the same rank. If that agreement was followed, I am the next person to succeed him.”

In the new motion filed by his lawyer, Adeniran, dated 19/01/2016 marked I/421/07 seeking an amendment to reflect the earlier order of the court, he sought a declaration that “by the provision of the consent judgment delivered by the high court in suit No. I/313/88, it is the turn of the claimants to produce the next Olubadan of Ibadan on both the Olubadan line and the Balogun line”.

He also sought the order of the court “setting aside the purported appointments made by the 1st defendant (Oba Odulana) to fill vacancies existing in the chieftaincy titles of Ekerin Olubadan, Ashipa Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Otun Olubadan and Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan since the 21st of November, 2008 up till the last appointment he made on the 1st of January, 2016”.

Oyediji also called for an order “setting aside the purported approval granted by the Governor of a Oyo state on the 5th of January, 2016 or thereabout to the appointments made by the 1st defendant on the 1st of January, 2016 to fill vacancies existing in the chieftaincy titles”.

I’m ready for throne, says Adetunji

Chief Saliu Adetunji, the Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, next in line as the Olubadan, yesterday expressed appreciation to God, saying he is ready for the throne.

Hundreds of indigenes converged on his residence of Popoyemoja in the heart of the city to rejoice with him.

Amidst the felicitation, High Chief Adetunji, 87, after meeting with members of his family, said: “God is wonderful to me. The utmost ambition of any traditional Chief in Ibadanland is to ascend the throne of Olubadan, God has made that possible for me this year.I don’t have anything than to thank Him for making me the first Olubadan in my lineage.”

High Chief Adetunji was on  January 1 promoted alongside others following the death of High Chiefs Sulaiman Adetunji and Omowale Kuye.

People struggled for space inside the two-storey building.

Canopies were erected in the compound, which was filled with people.

Two big cows were tied to the side of the building. Two had been slaughtered to prepare food for the guests.

Drummers were busy welcoming guests.

Among the guests were chiefs, religious leaders, musicians, businessmen, traders, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and politicians. Also there were  Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland,

Alhaji Dauda Makanjuola, Chief Imam of Ibadan, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Agbotomokekere, former Oyo State Governor Victor Olunloyo , Baale Ekotedo, Chief Taiye Ayorinde and Mr.  Lowo Obisesan.

Two of the 23 children of the Olubadan- designate, Miss Suliat Adetunji and Adijat Adetunji, said: “We are very happy that he has been able to get to this level of becoming the Olubadan-in-waiting.  We thank God for His special grace .

Suliat (30), who is the last child described their father as “amiable” and “kind”.

The eldest child, Prince Mukail Adetunji, said when their father was promoted to Balogun, they never thought it would be so soon.

The Olubadan-designate is the proprietor Of Babalaje Records. He started his journey to the throne in 1972 when he was made Mogaji of his family compound.

He was a tailor for many years, making both native and English dresses.

High Chief  Adetunji is a music marketer with three marketing companies -Omo Aje Sound Studio, Adetunji Label and Babalaje Records, which he founded 55 years ago.