Photonews: VP Osinbajo, Govs Aregbesola, Ajimobi, Others, Attends Funeral Service Of Olubadan Of Ibadan

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his Oyo State counterpart, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi today attended the funeral service of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade the 1st, at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Find photos from the service below:

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left), Vice President,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right),and his Wife Florence Ajimobi (right), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left), Vice President,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right),and his Wife Florence Ajimobi (right), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (right), and Oyo State Chiarman, All Progressive Congress (APC),Chief Akin Oke (left), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (right), and Oyo State Chiarman, All Progressive Congress (APC),Chief Akin Oke (left), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.

Alaafin Delegates, Others Visit Olubadan- Designate

A delegation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi has paid a courtesy visit on the Olubadan-designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja villa, Ibadan.

The high-powered Oyomesi delegation was led  by the Basorun Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade.

Another guest, former Minister of Power, Elder Wole Oyelese described the incoming Olubadan as a man of history, being the first to ascend the throne from Popoyemoja area.

Former Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Civil Service, Chief  Ajibola expressed the belief that High Chief Adetunji’s era would be marked with tremendous development and peace.

Other callers at the incoming Olubadan’ house included Oyo state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Taofeeq Oyerinde, Artisan groups and religious organisations.

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Olubadan Was Fearless – Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, as a fearless and incorruptible monarch.

The APC chief, who showered eulogies on the late Olubadan during a condolence visit to his Monatan, Ibadan, private residence, on Sunday, added that his modest lifestyle is worthy of emulation by the country’s traditional institution.

Tinubu said that Oba Odulana would be remembered for his moral support for the governorship ambition of Ajimobi and his administration’s programmes and policies, climaxing with the conferment of a chieftaincy title of Atunluse on the governor.

He recalled that the late Olubadan did not hide his satisfaction and backing for the Ajimobi-led administration’s urban renewal and operation clean-up Ibadan; a city, he said, was dotted with heaps of refuse before Ajimobi mounted the saddle.

Tinubu said, “Our late Baba lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation by our traditional institution. He was fearless, courageous and incorruptible. We are proud of his Spartan lifestyle and discipline, including that of his children.

“Kabiyesi loved Ajimobi and I can say that he was one of his staunch backers for the governorship ticket. His support for the governor and his programmes, especially the urban renewal and cleanliness we are now witnessing in Ibadan, was without bounds.

“Ibadan was full of filth and heaps of refuse before Ajimobi became governor, but he cleaned up the city. Kabiyesi was so impressed by this, just like many of us, that he conferred the title of Atunluse on Ajimobi. We are proud of the governor’s achievements.

“But for its clean environment, he said that Ibadan could have been ravaged by the latest Lassa fever outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives across the country.”

Tinubu expressed delight with the age-long seamless Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process, which, he said, would have been a worthy model for political succession, but for what he called the intrigues and do-or-die phenomenon introduced into the country’s politics.

He said, “Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process is very impressive and unique. When one Olubadan joins his ancestors, the city already knows the successor through the hierarchy. How I wish we politicians can adopt this model of succession.

“But this can hardly be possible because of some people’s belief in do-or-die politics and because some politicians are in politics for reasons other than service to the people.”

During the condolence visit Tinubu was in company with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Michael Adeyemo; former interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; National Vice Chairman, South-West of the party, Chief Pius Akinyelure; State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, among others.

The team was received by the Olubadan-in council, led by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; and Otun Balogun, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; as well as the children of the late foremost traditional ruler, led by Prof. Femi Lana.

Responding on behalf of the palace, the Otun Olubadan said the Olubadan-in-council and the people of Ibadan felt highly honoured by the visit, adding that the council was proud of Ajimobi and his support for the palace before and after the death of the Olubadan.

Balogun said it was “heartwarming” that Oba Odulana was on the throne and died when “the son of the soil” (an Ibadan indigene) was the governor.

Osun Assembly Extols Virtues Of The Late Olubadan

The Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of its Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed its condolences to the people and government of Oyo State over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana.

The Assembly stated that the passing away of the monarch was a great loss to the Yoruba nation.

In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said though, the monarch was ripe in age, his contribution to Yoruba Nation, impact and positive influence in the country will be greatly missed.

The assembly acknowledged that the late monarch left indelible marks in various positions he occupied in public service during his hay days, hence the virtuosity he brought to bear during his reign.

The parliament described the late traditional ruler as honest, decent and forthright stressing that the late Oba Odulana spent his life serving humanity.

“Though aged, it is very unfortunate that the Olubadan died at this period that his elderly wisdom are required to achieve the change mantra of government at the Federal and state levels.

“It is on record that Oba Odulana lived the largest part of his life to serve humanity in general and fought the course of his subjects at the levels where he had served, either as a public servant or as a traditional ruler”

The exemplary leadership that Oba Odulana has offered and roles he has played for the unity and progress of Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general will be greatly missed.

“We, in the Osun State parliament however express our heartfelt condolences to the people of Ibadan, Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general for the death of the highly placed traditional ruler. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, Osun Assembly stressed.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Aregbesola Commiserates With Ajimobi, Ibadan People Over Olubadan

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has commiserated with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade.

The Governor described the late monarch as fatherly, quiet, peace-loving, progressive and a bridge-builder during his time.

In a statement by the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, Governor Aregbesola said the death of the first class monarch has left a huge vacuum in the traditional rulers’ council in Oyo State and by extension in Nigeria.

He lauded the late monarch for always championing peaceful co-existence as well as fostering cordial relationship among diverse ethnic nationalities residing in the ancient city.

According to him, the monarch’s reign was peaceful, remarkable and progressive even though his reign was brief.
The statement added: “Indeed, the exit of Olubadan is a sudden one, yet it was also a glorious one at the time it came.

“Olubadan’s reign was remarkable and peaceful. The people of Ibadan and Oyo State as well as its government have certainly lost one of Yoruba’s foremost traditional rulers.

“I, on behalf of government and people of Osun, commiserate with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Ibadan Elders’ Council, the entire people of Ibadan and Oyo State in general.

“We pray that the Lord repose the soul of our dearest monarch in paradise.”

Olubadan Was A Man Of Peace – Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the death of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade as the passing on of one of the greats of the Yoruba nation.

“A custodian of the Yoruba tradition and culture, filled with wisdom and also genteel,” Tinubu said in a statement issued by his media team.

“His death will be felt amongst not just his people but the Yoruba nation”. Tinubu noted that during the reign of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, Ibadan witnessed peace and development.

“He was supportive of the advancement of the people and he kept faith with the values, tradition, culture and integrity of the Yoruba nation.

“I mourn with the governor and people of Oyo State over his passing. He has left a legacy which we must sustain. May the soul of the departed rest in peace,” the statement read.

Olubadan Is Dead

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.

The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.

The Nation reliably gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.

Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.

When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.

The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.

His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.

Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.

Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji.

The Nation