Ladoja attempted to call a meeting to start the process for the coronation of Olakulehin, but it was ignored by other High Chiefs, who are now Obas

Prominent elders in Ibadanland met with former Governor Rasidi Ladoja, also the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, regarding the feud between him and some High Chiefs who were promoted to the status of Obas in the town.

Newsheadline247 understands that there is ongoing conflict between Ladoja, and other High Chiefs in Ibadan over the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The Olubadan stool became vacant after the passing of the 42nd Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, at the University College Hospital (UCH) at the age of 81.

According to traditional arrangement in Ibadanland, the next Olubadan is the Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin.


In order for Olakulehin to become Olubadan, according to the chieftaincy arrangement in Ibadan, he must be nominated by Otun Balogun Tajudeen Ajibola, who is the next person in his line. This nomination must take place during a meeting that is called by the most senior chief in the other line (Ladoja) within 21 days of the monarch’s demise.

Sources disclosed that after the death of Oba Balogun, Ladoja attempted to call a meeting to start the process for the coronation of Olakulehin, but it was ignored by other High Chiefs, who are now Obas.

The High Chiefs, who shunned the meeting on Tuesday, at Olubadan palace in Oja Oba, Ibadan, include the Osi Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole Foko; the Ashipa Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; the Ekerin Olubadan, Hamidu Ajibade; the Ekarun Olubadan, Adebayo Akande; the Otun Balogun, Tajudeen Ajibola; the Osi Balogun, Lateef Adebimpe; the Ashipa Balogun, Kola Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, Dada Isioye; and the Ekarun Balogun, Abiodun Azeez.

The absence of the High Chiefs at the meeting has became source of tension in Ibadanland.

It was gathered that some prominent indigenes of Ibadan on Wednesday met Ladoja and appealed to advert the looming crisis. 

A source close to the ex Governor said the meeting held at the residence of a former President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) Chief Bode Amao on Wednesday.

The source added that the meeting was attended by Primate Emeritus of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Primate Sunday Ola Makinde; some Mogajis (family heads) and other prominent indigenes of Ibadan.

“Some elders in Ibadan have met the former governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja on Wednesday. The meeting was held to prevent the looming crisis.

“The meeting was held at the residence of Chief Bode Amao. It was attended by Primate Ola Makinde. We also have some other elders in Ibadan at the meeting.

“It was Primate Ola Makinde that initiated the meeting and it was agreed that the meeting should be held at the residence of Chief Bode Amao because of his age. Some registered Mogajis (family heads) also attended the meeting. It was held at Bode Amao’s residence in Iwo Road on Wednesday,” the source disclosed.