Oyo: Olakulehin Already Olubadan, Governor’s Role to Present Staff is Ceremonial, Ladoja Tells Makinde

In what can be described as educating ‘Seyi Makinde, on the Ibadan chieftaincy system, Rashidi Ladoja has explained that since the kingmakers had selected the Olubadan designate and their recommendation has also been approved by the Governor, the Oluwo or the Kingmakers should not delay further in performing his own rites for the new Olubadan.

This, according to Ibadan chieftaincy system confers on the Kingmakers, without further delay, the right to crown the new Olubadan and whenever the Governor is ready, he can do the ceremonial presentation of staff of office to the Olubadan. That, according to those in the known of Ibadan system, is the position of the law.

Ladoja, who is the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, while faulting Makinde over his comments on the health status of the Olubadan-Designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, said Makinde was wrong to have said Olakulehin will be enthroned when he is fit, saying only the town (Ibadan people) can enthrone the Olubadan not the Governor.

Makinde at the state burial ceremony for late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, said Olakulehin will be enthroned when he is fit for the throne.

But Ladoja, a former Governor, while speaking with newsmen at his Bodija, Ibadan residence said Makinde can only present staff of office and instrument of office to the Olubadan-Designate not enthrone him.

He maintained that the role of government was just to give staff of office and instrument of office to the Olubadan-Designate.

“The Governor might have access to medical records of Olakulehin’s health or send his doctors to access his health or use artificial intelligence to do that.

“I don’t have any problem if the governor refuses to give him staff of office or instrument of office but he is not the one to enthrone him.

“Olakulehin is an aged man, we didn’t expect him to still be acting like a youth.”

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