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.