Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I has ignored directives of the Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi to ascertain health status of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of the state and another chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Lekan Balogun before they can be promoted or elevated in the chieftaincy rank of Ibadanland.
A cross section of High Chiefs in Ibadan condemned the government's directives that those to be promoted to the next ranks of the vacant positions in the chieftaincy line of Ibadan make their health certificate available.
Apparently displeased by such directive, the Olubadan, yesterday [Jan 1], installed new Balogun, Otun and seven other high ranking chiefs. The installation ceremony, which was held at the Monatan, Ibadan Palace of the monarch, was sequel to the approval of the date which the Olubadan-in-Council arrived on Thursday this week at its meeting presided over by the highly referred monarch.
Sources at the Palace said the Olubadan-in-Council took the decision to hold the ceremony after a month of waiting in vain for the state government approval in exercise of the provision of the relevant law which empowers the Olubadan-in-Council to go ahead with the exercise after 21 days of non-receipt of the approval from the state government.
Perhaps, to pre-empt the action of the Olubadan-in-Council, the state government in a release Thursday night made an order asking the prospective and promotion seeking High Chiefs to "comply with due process." According to the release, "Oyo State Government has directed high chiefs jostling to occupy the vacant stools of Balogun and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and seven others to submit a medical report certifying them fit for the positions in line with extant chieftaincy laws".
However, reacting to the release, the newly promoted Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Ladoja described the said release as a rumour which he could not react to because he only received a letter from the Olubadan to attend the installation which he duly attended and was installed. Ladoja said such directive by the state government was never part of Ibadan traditional system, adding, "I think we should just allow the sleeping dog to lie. Olubadan has the prerogative of who to appoint as a chief".
Similarly, the new Otun-Olubadan, High Chief Balogun described the said order by the government as strange which had never been in existence before now and could not be effective. Balogun, who disclosed that he was aware of the state government's proposed reformation of the ascension to the Olubadan throne said "the system is self-reforming and doesn't need any committee or fiat from any quarter".
Describing the Olubadan throne ascension as a function of the history of the people, the new Otun Olubadan said the system "is peculiar to the ancient city and there's no way it can be compared to any other place in terms of the peaceful transition and the experience garnered over the years before one ascend the Olubadan throne".
Aside Balogun and Ladoja, other elevated High Chiefs were High Chiefs Saliu A.O. Adetunji (from Otun Balogun to Balogun Olubadan); Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin (Osi Balogun to Otun Balogun);Dr. Olufemi Olaifa (Ashipa Balogun to Osi Balogun); Sir Eddy Oduoye Oyewole (Ekerin Olubadan to Ashipa Olubadan); Tajudeen Abimbola Ajibola (from Ekerin Balogun to Ashipa Balogun); Biodun Kola Daisi (from Ekarun Olubadan to Ekerin Olubadan) and Solomon O. Adabale (from Ekarun Balogun to Ekerin Balogun).